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Obama Awards Winfrey, Clinton, Who Powered His Election

President Obama will bestow Presidential Medal of Freedom awards on Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton, the two public figures perhaps most responsible for his election and reelection as president.

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” Obama said in a statement Thursday. But one life Winfrey and Clinton have particularly enriched is Obama’s.

Obama WinfreyWinfrey, who at the time was described as the most influential woman in the world, first endorsed Obama for president in 2006, well before the 2008 primaries even began. Her forceful and sustained effort supporting and promoting Obama played a critical role in his successful drive to rend the Democratic nomination from the favorite, Hillary Clinton.

Bill Clinton put aside bitterness over the 2008 campaign and became instrumental in Obama’s 2012 reelection effort. Clinton’s 49-minute speech at the Democratic convention was judged an instant classic that set Democrats on fire and made a stirring case for Obama’s candidacy.

Clinton, who also campaigned aggressively for Obama, was labeled “our most valuable player” by Obama strategist David Axelrod. Obama called Clinton to thank him on the night of his reelection, right after speaking with Mitt Romney.

Obama has a history of awarding Presidential Medals of Freedom to his political benefactors.

In 2010, he gave the medal to former AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Maya Angelou, and Warren Buffet, all of whom played important roles in Obama’s elections. He also gave it that year to Jean Kennedy Smith, whose brother, the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, handed Obama a huge boost by endorsing him in the 2008 primaries over Hillary Clinton.

51 Responses to Obama Awards Winfrey, Clinton, Who Powered His Election

    • “Barry obviously believes the lives of Americans have been enriched by his presidency.” – ImNoDhimmi

      They HAVE been. Michelle and the kids are Americans after all…

      Oh, you mean ALL Americans. Nope, not so much there…

  1. The medal of freedom is given those ” who have dedicated their lives to enriching ours”. Well, that statement has a somewhat hollow ring given the receivers. The medal more resembles the shower of decorations, ribbons of orders, medals and such that monarchs used to grant their favourites.
    The newspapers over here report that the chrypted emailservice Lavabit ( Snowden used it in Moscow ) is closed down. The owner, Ladar Levinson, closed it after pressure from the NSA. Well, if Big Brother is not allowed to snoop and listen then you are not allowed to use it. Better get used to it.

  2. Like everything else in this country that Dicatator Obama has touched, the Presidential Medal of Freedom awards is now worth less than the prize in a Cracker Jack box. What a travesty. How Dictator Obama loathes everything about this country. He hates us.

    • You are not alone. Millions trusted her, that was her thing. But she’s destroyed that trust in many ways.

      She’s been on the airwaves a ton these last couple of weeks, what with the movie she’s in (about race), her comments about Trayvon (about race), her demeaning comment about Fox Network (about race), to today’s headline that she was snubbed by some store clerk in Switzerland who told her she wasn’t wealthy enough to buy a pocketbook. To Oprah, ALL ABOUT RACE. What she is utterly clueless about is that this happens all the time in exclusive boutiques in major cities, TO UM, One of my best friends is Oprah-wealthy, white, NYC dweller, but she dresses like a regular person, only wears a wedding band, no rock, and she’s said many times she’s been eyeballed or ignored in stores. So Oprah, get over yourself. Maybe the store clerk didn’t want to sell you that pocketbook. Period.

  3. I have never been an Oprah fan–too fakey for me. But when she said “millions” had been lynched–I completely departed. You have to admire her flexibility in accepting this from people who have distanced themselves from her in past yrs. A female Gumby for sure.

  4. Bill Clinton is a serial adulterer who besmirched the office of the presidency, and Oprah Winfrey now that she can afford to is rapidly becoming something she has publicly railed against — a racist.

  5. Up until her foray into politics, I respected Winfrey. She came from an incredibly dysfunctional home, and fought her way up in an industry dominated by wealthy, white men.

  6. I want to know why two people – who have been so personally enriched in their tireless dedication – need further recognition? It’s like the King bestowing further titles on the elite and connected.

    It just sickens me.

  7. When’s he going to award himself the Congressional Medal of Honor for his extrordanary military service as Commander-In-Chief?

    After all he did a swell job of destroying his enemies’ military capacity worldwide, didn’t he? Unfortunately, WE are his enemies, but that’s just a minor detail..His tireless work on behalf of the Ummah counts, right?

    It does if he SAYS it does! Can’t WAIT for the award ceremony! I’m sure they’ll be a grand party in an exotic locale afterward, too!

  8. Darn it, I can’t remember the name, it might have been Idi Amin, who upon taking office, promoted everyone in the Army one rank.
    It became the only Army in the world without a Private.

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