If the Medals of Freedom are a lasting legacy for Barack Obama, does it speak ill of his other acts as President via executive order or legislation through Congress (i.e. ObamaCare)? NBC News’ article headline read, “Obama’s Medal of Freedom Picks Part of Legacy” and said the following:
For the last time during his tenure in office, President Obama bestowed the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, on a distinguished array of American icons on Tuesday.
It was a star-studded affair filled with luminaries from a broad range of fields spanning the arts, sports, philanthropy, education, science and mathematics. It was also an event filled with laughter.
NBC News made it seem that giving these medals out at a higher rate than other presidents is a good thing:
The medal, which has existed in some form since the Truman administration, has been given at Obama’s discretion more than any other president, and according to the Washington Post, he has honored women and people of color at a rate higher than any of his predecessors. For example, this year’s awardees includes Motown soul singer Diana Ross, TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, veteran actress Cicely Tyson, artist and designer Maya Lin.