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From: "Clift, Eleanor" >
Date: January 12, 2017 at 5:32:01 PM EST
To: "Gabriel, Brian A. EOP/WHO" >
Subject: Pool report #4
From White House:
Presidential Medal of Freedom With Distinction
Originally established as the Medal of Freedom by President Truman by Executive Order 9586 of July 6, 1945, the Medal was reestablished as the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President John F. Kennedy by Executive Order 11085 of February 22, 1963. It is the highest civil award of our Government. The Medal is awarded by the President of the United States to those persons whom he deems to have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The Medal may be awarded to citizens of other nations and may be awarded posthumously. Executive Order 11085 also allows for a rarely-used, higher grade of the Medal, known as the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction. President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President George H.W. Bush each awarded this grade of the Medal once during their time in office.
President Kennedy announced the first Presidential Medal of Freedom awards on July 4, 1963. President Lyndon Johnson then made the first presentations of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House on December 6, 1963.
"In a career of public service spanning nearly half a century, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., has left his mark on almost every part of our Nation - fighting for a stronger middle class, a fairer judicial system, and a smarter foreign policy; providing unyielding support for our troops; combating crime and violence against women; leading our quest to cure cancer; and safeguarding the landmark American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from corruption. With his charm, candor, unabashed optimism, and deep and abiding patriotism, Joe Biden has garnered the respect and esteem of colleagues of both parties and the friendship of people across the Nation and around the world. While summoning the strength, faith, and grace to overcome great personal tragedy, this son of Scranton, Claymont, and Wilmington has become one of the most consequential Vice Presidents in American history - an accolade that nonetheless rests firmly behind his legacy as husband, father, and grandfather. A grateful Nation thanks Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., for his lifetime of service on behalf of the United States of America."
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