And the Medal Of Freedom goes to . . . All My Democratic Supporters!

Did anyone notice the coincidence that almost ALL the Medal of Freedom recipients (awarded on Tuesday, November, 22, 2016) went to Obama and Hilary supporters? Yes, this is not a joke!  However, to most people who recently voted in the presidential election, it’s an obvious sign of blatant political favoritism and sent a strong message to Donald Trump and their supporters.

It’s a huge ‘slap in the face’ to the new president-elect, Donald Trump.  Some of the recipients have vehemently disavowed Mr. Trump as their next president.  Many falsely predicted that Mr. Trump would NEVER be elected president. So much for their predictions.

Ths is one of the most spiteful moves I’ve seen any president do before leaving office.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States and is—along with the comparable Congressional Gold Medal—the highest civilian award of the United States.  It is supposed to recognize those people who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”. (Wikipedia)

It’s obvious that after the election, Obama put his stamp of approval on all the Trump haters by awarding his most vocal democratic supporters, basically, the highest honor to be bestowed on a civilian.

The most recent list of recipients include mainly democratic supporters to the Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigns.  It also includes some individuals who have been verbally abusive to the Trump campaign.  Most have contributed hundreds and thousands to even millions of dollars to the democratic machine.

Those chosen include talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, who has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic committees and campaigns over the years. For example, DeGeneres contributed $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund in 2012 and $100,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund this year. (The Washington Free Beacon)

US President Barack Obama presents actor Robert De Niro with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, during a ceremony honoring 21 recipients, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, November 22, 2016. Nicholas Kamm, AFP/Getty Images
US President Barack Obama presents actor Robert De Niro with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, during a ceremony honoring 21 recipients, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, November 22, 2016. Nicholas Kamm, AFP/Getty Images

Some of the more vocal recipients include Robert De Niro, who proclaimed Trump as a “mut, con- artist, a dog, a pig, a bullshit artist, a fool, a bozo ” and adds that he would just like to “punch him in the face”.

It appears Obama specifically found the most anti-Trump, outspoken and over-rated entertainers and actors to simply hand out the Medal of Freedom, one of the highest accolades a president can bestow to a most deserving citizen.

Tom Hanks, is another recipient who has been vocal of his disdain of Mr. Trump.  He donated thousands of dollars to Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, thousands to the DNC and other Democratic candidates that included the maximum donations ($2700) to Hilary Clinton’s campaign.

When asked if Trump would ever be president of the United States, Hanks responded:   ” I think that man will be president of the United States right about the time when spaceships come down filled with dinosaurs and red capes . . . take it from me . . . how about that.”

Probably, one of the most surprising recipient was Lorne Michaels, who as producer of SNL, had parodied Donald Trump over the last 12 months as a sexist and racist xenophobic. (Played by Alec Baldwin).  Michaels has donated thousands of dollars to democratic  causes including the Obama Victory Fund.

Popular music singer, songwriter and rock and roll legend Bruce Springsteen wears his Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to him by U.S. President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to 19 living and two posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts. Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images
Popular music singer, songwriter and rock and roll legend Bruce Springsteen wears his Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to him by U.S. President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to 19 living and two posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts. Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images

It’s also no surprise that Obama nominated Bruce Springsteen, who calls Trump’s campaign message an “absurdity beyond cartoon-like.”  Springsteen has also donated thousands of dollars to supporting the democratic cause to mostly unsuccessful democratic candidates.

Other candidates to be honored is actor Robert Redford, architect Frank Gehry, artist Maya Lin, former chariman of the Fedeal Communications Commission, NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, physicist Richard Garwin, Miami Dade College president Eduardo Padron and actress Cicely Tyson, who is a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter.  All of these honorees have supported and donated to either the democratic cause or Obama’s campaigns for presidency directly.

Probably the most influential donor to the Democratic cause is business tycoon and philanthropist Bill and Melinda Gates who have donated to almost every democratic cause in the nation and over 25 million dollars to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, which does not have a donation maximum limit.  It also included thousands of dollars to Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

Not everyone was a true Trump hater.  Republican baseball broadcaster Vin Scully was also honored.   Other honorees includes Margaret Hamilton, Diana Ross, Admiral Grace Hopper and tribal leader Elouise Cobell (Hopper and Cobell posthumously).  Remember, that Vin Scully and the latter honorees were chosen and notified before the results of Trump’s victory.

The president could not comment on how the honorees where chosen, but this is not the first time he nominated individuals who have donated hefty sums of cash to his democratic cause.  This is just his way to thank them.

President Barack Obama awards the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Oprah Winfrey during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Barack Obama awards the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Oprah Winfrey during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

In 2013, he awarded the medals to Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton.  Winfrey donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Democratic National Convention during his campaign.  Beyond personal monetary contributions, Winfrey also joined Obama at private fundraisers, which helped him in raise millions. (Policy.Mic)

It’s obvious that after the election, Obama put his stamp of approval on all the Trump haters by awarding his most vocal democratic supporters, basically, the highest honor to be bestowed on a civilian.

Does it make sense?  Well, if you want to award your friends with a political favor, this is how you do it.  Obama has not been one for subtle actions and this one is open and deliberate.   He made it blatantly obvious to everyone.

Welcome to an exclusive club of Democratic donors and specifically in 2016, outspoken, Trump haters.

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4 thoughts on “And the Medal Of Freedom goes to . . . All My Democratic Supporters!

  1. 1. Given all the preliminary work involved in getting everyone to be there at the same time before the ceremony, it’s entirely likely the choices were made BEFORE the election, and only the announcement was made afterwards.

    2. Is anyone going to remember that these people received this honor by the time the new year comes around? I doubt it.

    3. Quit whining; Donald Trump will get to give out his own.

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