The Presidential Degradation of the Medal of Freedom
At the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony held in the East Room of the White House, 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama chose to honor more than just a few 'winners.' The colorful collection was a cacophony of politically correct Democrat darlings, with a journalist, a RINO, two deceased homosexuals, a few Latinos, and an occasional black sports figure thrown in for good measure.
In addition to the eclectic array of 13 relatively benign forgers of freedom, three controversial awards also went to a race-baiting billionaire, a misogynist former president, and an abortion-supporting, man-hating women's rights activist.
It was three centuries ago that English Bible commentator and Presbyterian minister Matthew Henry wrote that "The wickedness of a people is great indeed when noted sinners are men renowned among them." Henry's words sum up why Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Gloria Steinem ended up being commended by the president.
As for Bill Clinton, there's no arguing that the 42nd president of the United States is a "noted sinner." Even still, the often-dishonorable Honorable Bill Clinton does deserve a medal. First for criticizing the current president's handling of the Obamacare debacle, and then for allowing the guy he critiqued to approach his neck with something that could easily double as noose.
Clinton may not have realized it, but if the one doing the tying were to express his true feelings towards the honoree, the former president might have found himself in the posthumous category.
Nonetheless, dead presidents and award ceremonies aside, the problem with Bill Clinton is that he's like a Whac-A-Mole- he pops up all over the place, and even walloping him on the head with a rubber mallet probably wouldn't get him to stop butting in.
Curtailing Bill's enthusiasm may be the only reason he was chosen to receive a medal. Barack Obama may have been hoping to assuage Bubba's unrelenting attempts to usurp attention by making him feel loved and appreciated.
Either way, since there's no presidential distinction for lower-lip-biting, serial philandering, impeachable lying, or crooked finger-wagging, wily tomcat Slick Willy was undoubtedly decorated with the Medal of Freedom for managing to maintain a free man's lifestyle while being connubially linked to Hillary Clinton for 38 years.
Then there's the "renowned" Oprah Winfrey, who remained on the roster of honorees despite making racially incendiary remarks during a recent interview in Britain.
On foreign soil, the media mogul vilified Americans when she called Obama's political adversaries racists. Yet despite Oprah telling BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz that generations of Americans have "marinated" in racism, she had no problem smiling in agreement while the president praised her for helping people "discover the best in [them]selves."
Barack Obama even declared that Oprah Winfrey is "living proof" that in a nation full of prejudiced white people, a poor, overweight black girl from Mississippi can rise "from a childhood of poverty and abuse to the pinnacle of the entertainment universe," win 40 Emmys, and own the "distinction of being the first black female billionaire."
Notwithstanding those and other impressive achievements, Barack Obama must have deemed Oprah watching his back medal-worthy, as well as her unshakable resolve to help a nation of racists live their "best life."
So, taking her unmatched humanitarianism into consideration, maybe after winning a Medal of Freedom Oprah can exercise her commitment to her "grow and ... be better" philosophy by having maligned former Food Network star Paula Deen cater a belated Medal of Freedom party Oprah can throw in her own honor.
One other 'winner' chosen to receive the highest civilian honor is that elderly icon of animosity, Gloria Steinem. Gloria's "wickedness" is manifested in radical feminism and abortion activism, which liberals like Barack Obama define as "women's rights."
Quotes like "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle" sum up the essence of who Ms. Steinem is. Also renowned for radical attire, Gloria's most famous fashion statement was when she sported a T-shirt that announced, "I had an abortion."
Now, 57 years after Gloria aborted her child, she can celebrate her freedom by accessorizing her Planned Parenthood wardrobe with her big, bold, star-shaped presidential accolade that tells the world that "Having an abortion = a Medal of Freedom."
In the end, after all is said and done, the only one missing from the day's festivities was MSNBC Palin-basher Martin Bashir. But even without Bashir, the Medal of Freedom is just another example of how everything from a college degree to the office of the president is now represented by grossly unexceptional people, or in this case, lying adulterers, ardent abortionists, and race baiters.
That's why it was no surprise that lying, racist, abortion-supporting Barack Obama thought it would be commendable to take the award ceremony down to a lower-than-low level by presenting a Presidential Medal of Freedom to "noted sinners," three of whom adhere to many of his own less-than-honorable values.
Jeannie hosts a blog at www.jeannie-ology.com