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June 11, 2008

Oh Baby, Oh Baby, Oh Baby...

Not too shabby...

...for a chicken on a beach ball. The White House sends:

Office of the Press Secretary

(Rome, Italy)


For Immediate Release June 11, 2008


President George W. Bush today announced recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civil award. Established by Executive Order 11085 in 1963, the Medal may be awarded by the President “to any person who has made an especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” President Bush will honor these recipients at a White House ceremony on Thursday, June 19, 2008.

Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., has worked throughout his career to improve the lives of those suffering from neurological disorders. His groundbreaking contributions to medicine and his inspiring efforts to help America’s youth fulfill their potential have strengthened our Nation.

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., has dedicated his life to expanding the horizons of human knowledge. His efforts to advance our understanding and treatment of HIV/AIDS have brought hope and healing to millions around the world.

Tom Lantos was a champion of human rights. The only Holocaust survivor to serve in the Congress, he devoted himself to securing liberty for oppressed people around the world and became a powerful witness for the importance of freedom.

General Peter Pace, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), is one of our Nation’s most accomplished and respected military officers. His selfless service and visionary leadership have helped keep our Nation safe.

Donna Edna Shalala is one of our Nation’s most distinguished educators and public officials. She has worked tirelessly to ensure that all Americans can enjoy lives of hope, promise, and dignity.

Laurence H. Silberman has devoted his life to promoting, enforcing, and defending the rule of law. He has been a stalwart guardian of the Constitution, and his work to strengthen our national security institutions has made Americans safer.

Well done, sir.

And congratulations to all the honorees. But perhaps the Editorial Staff will be forgiven for showing particular pleasure in seeing General Pace's name on the list.

Posted by Cassandra at June 11, 2008 01:04 PM

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Bush is awarding it to Donna Shalala? Hoping to push some disgruntled Clinton supporters to the McCain side?

Posted by: Frodo at June 11, 2008 02:51 PM

Well, it's good to see General Pace on the list especially after the way Harry Reid slimed him last summer.

Posted by: ZaZu Pitts at June 11, 2008 04:40 PM

Mistress Mandy thought this was a different kind of post.
She is disappointed although she finds Gen. Pace to be one hot dude. Probably not very submissive though...


Mistress Mandy is conflicted.

Posted by: Mistress Mandy at June 11, 2008 04:53 PM

Donna Shalala...she managed not to cause a scandal.
Maybe that's why?

Posted by: Cricket at June 11, 2008 08:30 PM

"Well done, sir."


Posted by: camojack at June 12, 2008 12:30 AM

I went over to BlackFive. I was ready to lob snark.
Then I had to 'sign in.' I shall lob my snark over here.

I want to know if the 7th century events the Monster From MA are seared into his mind?

Posted by: Cricket at June 12, 2008 09:46 AM

Never mind. I was up pulling an all nighter to get a paper and slide show done and I have missed a few things.

I hate when that happens.

Posted by: Cricket at June 12, 2008 09:48 AM