Obama to present Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey with Presidential Medal of Freedom

Maybe because Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey have gone unrecognized and underappreciated for far too long.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor in the United States. This year, Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey will be among the 16 honorees.

Some tweeters scratched their heads:

Why? Because Bill Clinton and Oprah, that’s why!

Clearly Edward R. Murrow should have done more “Edward’s Favorite Things” giveaways.

In addition to Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton, other recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom include baseball legend Ernie Banks, first American female astronaut Sally Ride and feminist Gloria Steinem—which could create somewhat of a dichotomy:


  • World B. Free

    Well, the medal is coming from a guy who was given the Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing at all, so……

    • grais

      oops. I should have read some posts before posting.

    • Jeremy

      I call it the Nobel Peanut Prize since they like to give it to people who don’t deserve it so,you might as well put it in a box of Cracker Jacks.

    • Bathing Suit Area

      Keeping the republicans out of the white house is actually a major achievement in promoting world peace. The rest of the world breathed a big sigh of relief when he got in. That’s what the Nobel prize was for.

      • World B. Free

        The idiot 0bama has continued every single war that started under Bush, and even started a few of his own. And then put the Patriot Act on steroids and began spying on law-abiding American citizens. But because he has a D after his name, you’re OK with all that, and even think he deserves the NPP?

        To call you a f**king idiot would be an insult to f**king idiots.

  • Marcy Cook

    This is so incestuous. It’s the same people getting praise over and over and over again. Is there no one else in the world that is worthy?

    • RblDiver

      Of course not, now get back in your place, pleb!

  • ReubenHood

    So, these medals will be worthless now, like Nobel Prizes? Why not just give them stickers that say “I think you’re neat!”

  • JoeMyGodNYC

    The Medal Of Freedom will also be awarded this year (posthumously) to Bayard Rustin, the gay man who organized the 1963 March On Washington, and to astronaut Sally Ride, who was outed after her death of cancer last year. Thank you, Mr. President!

    • JoeMyGodNYC

      The rest of this year’s list: Ernie Banks, Ben Bradlee, Daniel Inouye, Daniel Kahneman, Richard Lugar, Loretta Lynn, Mario Molina, Arturo Sandoval, Dean Smith, Gloria Steinem, C.T. Vivian, Patricia Wald.

      • Bathing Suit Area

        Yeah, but those aren’t important, the real story here is that Bill Clinton had the sex!!1!!!

    • TocksNedlog

      Sally Ride’s medal has something to do with her sexuality, does it?

      • JoeMyGodNYC

        Not in the least. But there was a day not too long ago when her sexuality would have meant she would *never* be so honored. Therefore such aspects of her life are still worth noting. Hopefully that will be behind us soon also.

        • TocksNedlog

          And when will that be? After we get our first real gay president?

          • JoeMyGodNYC

            That day will probably come when people like you stop making ridiculous gay claims about people you don’t like.

          • TocksNedlog

            IOW, perpetual victimhood. Got it.

            [And an example of me making ‘a ridiculous gay claim about a person I don’t like’ would be what?]

          • Maxwell

            You mean like Marcus Bachmann.. oh wait. Well then surely you’re talking about Rick Santorum… no… that was the left.

            Eh… details.


          • mike_in_kosovo

            Will that be *before* or *after* you stop telling people what they’re thinking?

          • Deborah Hallsted

            psst…(we already have one)

        • mike_in_kosovo

          But there was a day not too long ago when her sexuality would have meant she would *never* be so honored.

          With that type of mind-reading, why aren’t you working the Boardwalk as a fortune-teller?

      • World B. Free

        You mean gender? Yes, it most certainly does.

        • TocksNedlog

          Not what I said. Obviously she is receiving the medal for ‘breaking the glass ceiling’ of allowing women astronauts in the U.S. space program. I was questioning Joe for bringing up her sexuality, because it (as far as anyone knows) has nothing to do with why she’s receiving the medal.

  • lesterwink23

    Doesn’t seem to me like this award has much prestige these days

  • SutureSelf

    President Obama at Pendleton: “…stop these crimes of sexual assault and uphold the honor and the integrity that defines the finest military on earth…That message is coming all the way from the top,” And now he honors Bill Clinton, who was accused of sexual harassment by an assortment of women, including a credible accusation of rape by Juanita Broaddrick.

    • grais

      He can give a Clinton Medal to Filner, and a Filner Medal to Clinton.

    • Deborah Hallsted

      And two of them worked at the WH, when he was…Commander in Chief

  • waltermitty2012

    Wendy Davis will just have to wait. Maybe next year.

  • Steve_J

    You can get the Presidential Medal of Freedom based on the number of interns you boink in the Oval Office?

  • World B. Free

    The Dog-eater in Chief certainly throws those medals around pretty haphazardly, doesn’t he? Kinda like our tax dollars.

    He diminishes the significance of everything he touches.

    • AmericanMom

      “The Dog-eater in Chief certainly throws those medals around pretty haphazardly, doesn’t he?”

      It’s the same thing he does with ambassadorships, political positions like Secretary of State, and recipients of federal subsidies like Solyndra.

  • Maxwell

    DOMA = discrimination, hate, and injustice

    The president who signed DOMA into law = a great hero who needs to honored. Makes no sense.

    Predicted response: but it was the republicans who forced him to sign it. Cool… except it was still his name on the signature line. He could have refused to sign if he truly wished.

    • John Smith

      You foam at the mouth with hate, yet criticize something for perceived hate. Ahh, the hypocrisy of humans…

      Edit: I read your post again, and I see that I have misread it the first time. My apologies.

      • Maxwell

        … Sorry, but I think you have me confused with a liberal.

        • John Smith

          Looks like I misread your post. I apologize.

  • grais

    This, from a guy who got a Nobel prize for doing NOTHING, is no surprise at all.

  • 24fan

    perversion and crying victimhood. such pride at such low bar standards

  • John Smith

    Among the funniest tweets I saw this morning:
    “Bill Clinton receiving Presidential Medal Of Freedom? Being a sexual predator and lying on national TV rewards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiIP_KDQmXs

  • Maxx

    So, the White House fella who was awarded the Noble Peace Prize is giving an award to the other Democrat who got a piece while in the White House.

    All we are saying, is give piece a chance.

  • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

    What is with the world’s fascination with Oprah? This woman is nothing but a phony new age moronic platitude generator who somehow conned millions of bored housewives into buying her BS. I honestly want to puke when she talks about ‘spirituality’ with the flavor-of-the-month guru whose book she happens to be reading. I see this woman hob-nob with Eric Holder and talk about Trayvon Martin not being any different than a black kid decades ago who was killed by white supremacists and I realize that she really is no different than every other air-headed liberal celebrity who has ever stood before a microphone. .

    • Deborah Hallsted

      Well, she did attend Wright’s church with O. So…..

      • Vickie DHaene

        I wonder if she was an accepted member of the Down Low club?

    • Deborah Hallsted

      Well, she did attend Wright’s church with O. So…..

  • Marvin Nelson

    He cheapens the award and insults those who have previously (and deservedly) received the medal. He is an embarrassment to this nation.

  • Deborah Hallsted

    And we thought that only Hollywood narcissists gave each other “honors” and awards. It’s almost as though we elected an empty-suit celebrity.

    • bonnieblue2A


  • bonnieblue2A

    Is this the first time an impeached former POTUS/serial rapist has been awarded this medal of freedom? #waragainstwomen

    Giving away other peoples money & products on her show qualifies Oprah for NOTHING. It does however explain why she has played the race card several time recently to get into the news. How much did that medal cost in the way of DNC campaign donations? #payola

  • Truth

    Yeah, Oprah gets it for saying “that’s why Obama is president” for being so smart not to appear in a movie and get criticized by Fox News. And also because she’s a black racist. Anyone who claims that the situations of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till are the same needs to be censured, not rewarded.