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President Bush Honors Medal of Freedom Recipients

On Monday, President Bush said, "The Medal of Freedom is the highest civil honor that a President can bestow. By an executive order of John F. Kennedy, the medal is designed to recognize great contributions to national security, the cause of peace and freedom, science, the arts, literature, and many other fields. The eight men and women came to this distinction by very different paths. Each of them, by effort and by character, has earned the respect of the American people, and holds a unique place in the story of our time."

President George W. Bush awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during a ceremony Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, in the East Room. "When free elections returned to Liberia, the voters made history," said President Bush. "They chose her to be the first woman ever elected to lead a nation on the continent of Africa."  White House photo by Eric Draper

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