http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap...uAY3Eg?docId=9814dba7998c47d2b5db23d647b42a37 Among the recipients honored Tuesday were former President George H.W. Bush, former basketball star Bill Russell, businessman Warren Buffett and civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. The 2010 Medal of Freedom recipients were announced in November. Other winners include: â Angela Merkel, German Chancellor â John H. Adams, co-founder of Natural Resources Defense Council â Maya Angelou, poet and author â Jasper Johns, artist â Gerda Weissmann Klein, Holocaust survivor and author â Dr. Tom Little (posthumous), optometrist murdered on humanitarian mission in Afghanistan â Sylvia Mendez, civil rights activist of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent â Stan Musial, Hall of Fame baseball player â Bill Russell, professional basketball player and first African American to coach in the NBA â Jean Kennedy Smith, founder of VSA, a non-profit organization that promotes the artistic talents of people with disabilities â John J. Sweeney, President Emeritus of the AFL-CIO **************************************** I heard obama say that whom we honor speaks as to who we are as a people. For once, he was telling the truth. His choices of prize winners is very telling and continues his tradition of trashing things most of the country holds sacred. The Presdential Medal of Freedom should be an award reserved for the very best of the best, people who sacrificed and made enormous contributions to their country. War heroes, medical researchers, brilliant innovators who spawned entire industries. Instead, he gave us a motley collection of black racists, political hacks and big money supporters. And a token republican, Bush 41. I realize no award can be as tained as his Nobel Peace prize, but this is offensive. He has politicized something meant to be non-partisan. He has obviously made it highly racial, when he was sold to us as post-racial. Thanks obama for ruining yet another part of our national life. I suppose we can look forward to next year's winners including Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, O.J. Simpson, Jeffrey Immelt and Charley Rangel.