1. Eric says

    It should be noted that Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom to Bradlee, a publisher of numerous leaked classified documents, while on the other hand Obama is operating the most secretive US government in history, including using the Espionage Act to pursue those accused of “leaking” classified information and developing a program that requires government employees in every department to help prevent leaks to the press by monitoring the behaviour of their colleagues.

  2. Brian in Texas says

    Excellent choices this year.

    For more information on Bayard Rustin everyone should seek out the documentary “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin”. A gay civil rights leader who was an advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King and chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington.

  3. simon says

    This probably the first openly gay presidential medal ceremony ever. That makes Obama the first “gay president”.

  4. coexxi says

    It is ironic that a president who will be remembered as the one who gave up on civil rights and freedom is the presenter of this medals.

    Gay rights are used as a diversion because they “show” how forward the USA are but in reality at the same time little by little other rights are shaved away.