Medal of Freedom Ceremony

President Obama spoke at the Medal of Freedom ceremony. In his comments about the posthumous award to Nazi resistance fighter Jan… read more

President Obama spoke at the Medal of Freedom ceremony. In his comments about the posthumous award to Nazi resistance fighter Jan Karski the president referred to “Polish death camps,” which later caused controversy between U.S. and Polish diplomats.

Other honorees for 2012 were Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; astronaut John Glenn; musician Bob Dylan; Israeli President Shimon Peres; Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens; University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summit; novelist Toni Morrison; Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low; civil rights attorney John Doar; Dr. Willam Foege, who helped lead the effort to eradicate smallpox; Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association; and Gordon Hirabayashi, who fought the internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II. The Medal of Freedom is America’s highest civilian award and was created by executive order in 1963 by President John. F. Kennedy. close

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Medal of Freedom Ceremony

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306291-2
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White House Event
Format:
Ceremony
Location:
East Room, White House, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 29, 2012
Last Aired:
Jun 3, 2012

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  • May 29, 2012 | 3:42pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 29, 2012 | 3:45pm EDT | C-SPAN RADIO
  • May 29, 2012 | 7:25pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 29, 2012 | 11:13pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 30, 2012 | 6:22am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 02, 2012 | 8:30pm EDT | C-SPAN RADIO
  • Jun 02, 2012 | 9:20pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 03, 2012 | 1:05am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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