Clyburn Statement on Medal of Freedom Recipients

Feb 15, 2011 Issues: Congressional Issues

WASHINGTON, DC—Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn today released the following statement after fifteen recipients were awarded the 2010 Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House. The award is the nation’s highest civilian honor presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

“Today’s Medal of Freedom ceremony displayed the greatness of America and underlined the values and ideals we hold dear—peace, equality, ingenuity, philanthropy, artistry and perseverance.

“I’m especially heartened to congratulate those with whom I am personally acquainted—my dear friend and colleague, the conscience of the Congress, John Lewis; our inspirational bard Maya Angelou; the visionary investor Warren Buffett; fellow South Carolinian Jasper Johns; and accomplished labor leader John Sweeney recognized for their invaluable contributions to American society. The nation is grateful for your leadership.”