December 8, 2006

GOOD COMPANY (via Bryan Francoeur):

Bush Names Medal of Freedom Winners (AP, 12/07/06)

- Paul Johnson. The historian and journalist is being honored for writings that have ``captivated and educated people around the world.''

- B.B. King. The singer and guitarist is considered the King of Blues and an American legend. [...]

- David McCullough. The noted author and historian is considered a foremost expert on the American presidency.

- Norman Y. Mineta. The former transportation secretary, appointed to that job by Bush, became the longest serving person in the position. He also served as a mayor, a congressman and as President Clinton's commerce secretary during his career in public service.

- John ``Buck'' O'Neil. The former professional baseball player in the Negro Leagues was the first black coach in Major League Baseball and a co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. He died earlier this year.

- William Safire. The writer and commentator is being honored for polishing the nation's language and elevating the debates of the day.

- Natan Sharansky. The former prisoner of the Soviet regime, punished at the time for advancing religious liberty and human rights, has continued to champion freedom. He had previously been invited to the White House by Bush to discuss his book, ``The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror.''

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 8, 2006 9:01 AM
Comments

Norm Mineta?

Posted by: kevin whited at December 8, 2006 11:43 AM

Kevin:

I think this is one of those tests where you have to pick out the one that is not like the others.

Posted by: Rick T. at December 8, 2006 12:52 PM

After the 2000 election, a Clinton cabinet member took a Cabinet post with the "selected, not elected" President Bush. Mineta deserves respect in my book.

Posted by: Bob at December 8, 2006 1:21 PM

Respect, okay. But a Medal of Freedom?

Posted by: kevin whited at December 8, 2006 3:15 PM

What a nasty, unwarranted slap in Sharansky's face, to demean the award by giving it to Underperformin' Norman! Bleah.

Posted by: Kirk Parker at December 9, 2006 2:24 AM

Mr. Mineta is one of the few great cabinet officers in the history of the Republic, the only one to serve at Transportation.

Posted by: oj at December 9, 2006 7:31 AM
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