Sunday, December 10, 2006

You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...

What exactly has William Safire done to earn the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award?

Hard to say. It was almost as if Bush wanted one true conservative in an otherwise noteworthy group, which includes former Soviet Refusenik Natan Sharansky, Nobel Prize winner Joshua Lederberg, historians David McCullough and Paul Johnson, music legend B.B. King, the late Buck O'Neil, co-founder of the Negro League Baseball Museum, and Norman Mineta, a member of the Bush and Clinton cabinets, and one of the most prominent Asian-American politicians in U.S. history.

But why Safire? The New York Times, Safire's long-time employer, said he is being honored "for polishing the nation’s language and elevating the debates of the day."

Elevating the debates of the day? Like when he was a speechwriter for the Nixon administration, and coined Vice President Spiro Agnew's phrase "nattering nabobs of negativism," to attack the media?

Not to suggest that political concerns are behind who gets the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but you have to figure that somewhere, Sean Hannity is smiling.

It could be worse. Bush could have awarded another conservative writer, Robert Novak ... or Hannity, for that matter.


Anonymous DoYouEverWonder said...

I'm surprised they didn't give one to Judith Miller too.

10:09 PM  
Anonymous nam78_two said...

They should give one to Gordon Liddy too

10:09 PM  
Anonymous MikeNearMcChord said...

I would love to see the day when people like Cindy Sheehan, the Navy Lawyer(Swift I believe his name) who took on the Bush Administration in the Supreme Court, Siebel Edwards and other whistle blowers win the Medal of Freedom, they are far more deserving and actually live up to the name. (Wouldn't be also cool if Mike Malloy won it, just to watch freeper heads explode?)

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Phredicles said...

Is there an honor more tarnished these days than the Presidential Medal of Freedom? By comparison the Grammys look like the soul of Credibility.

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the apples to apples example would be if a Democrat gave one to John Dean -- he and Safire both got their start in the Nixon administration. Dean had the good sense to recognize that not all republicans are made equal.

10:11 PM  

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