Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Obama awards Merkel the Medal of Freedom

SKY NEWS.com.au
Updated: 10:23, Thursday Nov. 18, 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama has awarded German Chancellor Angela Merkel the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour in the United States.

'These outstanding honorees come from a broad range of backgrounds and they've excelled in a broad range of fields, but all of them have lived extraordinary lives that have inspired us, enriched our culture, and made our country and our world a better place,' Obama said in a statement on Wednesday.

Obama noted that Merkel 'is the first woman and first East German to serve as chancellor of a unified Germany' and 'has often said that freedom is the happiest experience of her life.'

The ceremony will take place early next year.

Others who will be receiving the award with Merkel include:

former president George HW Bush;

legendary investor Warren Buffett;

poet Maya Angelou;

American artist Jasper Johns;

celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma;

former baseball star Stan Musial;

former basketball star Bill Russell;

former labor federation leader John Sweeney;

Representative John Lewis, a longtime civil rights activist;

John Adams, co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council environmental advocacy group.


19 comments:

  1. This is great! Germany just has it going on for them!!! This article also shows how women's role in society has changed so much! We are now getting such high ranked awards. This lady really made a big difference in improving the culture around us. This is good for Germany because it seems that no matter what happens, people will never raise there heads from the WW2 ,horrible incident in Germany.

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  2. Das ist so stark! Ich verstehe nicht warum George Buch ist in hier.

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  3. The other people receiving the award with her are from the US so it's pretty awesome that she will be included in the ceremony as well and recognized for all that she has done

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  4. Ich denke, dass dies ein wichtiges Ereignis zu erinnern ist. Taylor hatte Recht, es zu zeigen, wie die Rolle der Frauen verändert haben. Ich denke auch, dass dies eine noch bessere deutsch-amerikanische Beziehung zu erstellen.

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  5. Herzlichen Glückwunsch an Angela Merkel. Das ist eine wirkliche Ehre.

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  6. Das ist eine alles sterne liste. Sie ist mit viele gutes (company). Sie must (proud) sein. That's really amazing. I wonder how they rank civillian honors?

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  7. Ich mochte ihr fur den Sieg eine so grosse Auszeichnung gratulieren. Warum gibt Obama die Auszeichnung?

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  8. Angela Merkel has a lot going for her. She is the most powerful women in the world, she is the first women chancellor to rule over untied Germany, and she is going to recieve this rare and celebrated medal of freedom. Germany most be very proud of her. I'm certainly very impressed. I was surprise to reconize some other names on the list for the medal. Yo-Yo Ma is a really good cellist and it would be amazing to hear him in person. I know he played at President Obama's inauguration in 2009.

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  9. Das ist interessant. It is cool to see interactions between germany and the US

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  10. Es its schön daß Obama gibt Merkel diese Auszeichnung. Deutschland und die USA haben einen guten beziehung.

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  11. Das ist interessant. Its great to see how Germany and the U.S are coming together for a topic that we strongly talk about everywhere. It's great to see a lot of famous people coming together celebrating this grateful moment when two countries are getting closer as one.
    Der Schweizer

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  12. thats pretty cool how that shes getting a medal most US citizens dont get

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  13. This is kinda off topic but did you know that Obama got hurt during a pick up game of basketball. I guess he needed to go to the hospital and needed a good amount of stiches.

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  14. Germany really has it going for them here in the United States.Good Job.

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  15. I agree with Boris the Germans do have it going for them here in the United states but on the other hand I disagree because they may have it good but it could also be better then it is now.

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  16. This is really cool. I'm glad that America is recognizing someone other than just Americans because our country is usually self-centered.

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  17. WAO.. Das ist sehr interessant... there will be lot of famous people there too... Das ist cool

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