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The President Awards the Medal of Honor

3:40 EST: President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor

Also at White House Live

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Information on the Medal of Honor recipients here

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117 Responses to “The President Awards the Medal of Honor”


  1. 8 Jewelz
    March 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Congrats to all the recipients. And thank you all for your service to our country.

    • 9 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      March 18, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      THIS CEREMONY WAS ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS…THERE ARE NO OTHER WORDS FOR IT….AND OUR PBO WORE HIS COMPASSIONATE HEART ON HIS SLEEVE EVERY TIME A RECIPIENT WALKED ON STAGE…..BEAUTIFUL INDEED…HEARTWARMING AND YES…LONG OVERDUE.

  2. 10 GGail
    March 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    It’s hasn’t started yet – has it?

  3. 14 jacquelineoboomer
    March 18, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Thank you, Mr. President, for all you do for ALL Americans – and everyone else in your path of leadership.

  4. March 18, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    So today is the first year anniversary of my missus’ weight loss surgery.

    She’s made great strides, has had a few setbacks, but is a completely different person in terms of energy and drive than she was prior to the surgery.

  5. 20 hopefruit2
    March 18, 2014 at 3:47 pm

  6. 21 Nena20409
    March 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Jay has a way of Taking these DC WHPC to the woodshed.

    Ed Henry, Karl, Jonathan and Bob Plante for CBS. On ACA, Mittens, Crimea Critics and those asking about his departure. How I wish I had NW’s Tweeting skills. Great job, Jay.
    Question about Gibbs. Jay said: That is not what Gibbs said and besides, Dems will keep the senate. That was the last question.

    Question about the Missing Plane landing at an Island on a US controlled Island in the Indian Ocean, Jay said: No.

    • 22 Nena20409
      March 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      Oh the Gibbs question was not the last. Crimea question is back again and Russia’s membership and Trade deals with the WTO.

    • 24 TrumpDog
      March 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      I love Jay.
      Never cared for Giibs. I trusted President Obama’s judgement in choosing him for that spot but I never really found Gibbs to be effective. Maybe it’s his voice or something, I don’t know. But I was thrilled he left and that Jay took his place.
      Good riddance.I despise Gibbs even more now that he’s out of the WH

      If I had cable, I don’t think I would have the stomach to watch the press briefings, too much like gossipy kids asking the dumbest questions. No wonder Pres. Obama goes around them. They are worthless.

    • 25 99ts
      March 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      I always enjoy your summaries Nena – usually reading hours after the event & enjoying your take on the WHPC :)

  7. 26 anniebella
    March 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Harrison Barnes who played college basketball at UNC Tarheels under Coach Roy Williams. Barnes is now in the NBA with the Golden State, Barnes is encouraging people to Get Covered.

  8. March 18, 2014 at 3:58 pm

  9. 28 Nena20409
    March 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/david-samson-federal-subpoena

    This thing may be bigger than the George Washington Bridge.

    The New York Times reported Tuesday that federal prosecutors in New Jersey subpoenaed records last week from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, focused on two major bridge contracts awarded to construction companies represented by a law firm founded by the agency’s chairman, David Samson.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey had already been looking at the George Washington Bridge lane closures, which in September caused a massive traffic jam in Fort Lee, N.J., and other allegations recently made against the administration of Gov. Chris Christie (R). Samson, a former state attorney general, is a close ally of Christie’s and was appointed to the board by the governor.

  10. 29 jacquelineoboomer
    March 18, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Can’t even imagine what it must be like to receive the Medal of Honor on behalf of a fallen grandfather or father or brother or son or uncle. Is everyone else sobbing? Seriously moving ceremony, made so special because of our President – showing such generosity of spirit to all of them.

    • 30 carolyn
      March 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      This was moving beyond words. I loved it that PBO put his arm around the young lady who was receiving the medal for her father. I would have been sobbing uncontrollably. The recipients themselves had great discipline. One could see their military discipline.
      To receive the medal for a loved father would be almost too much to take!
      In answer to Mr Mom’s tweet…..No, we have never had a more exceptional leader in my lifetime! (which is LOOOOOONG!)

      • 31 jacquelineoboomer
        March 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm

        Agree, wholeheartedly. It’s still going on, being covered by MSNBC – and online, I’m hoping, so I’m still sobbing.

  11. 32 vcprezofan2
    March 18, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Hail/Hello/Hi/Howdy [Take your pick]. How are you?

    • 33 MightyPamela
      March 18, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      *waving* good to ‘finally’ see you, VC!

      • 34 vcprezofan2
        March 18, 2014 at 4:28 pm

        I know, eh? They have me working 1/2 day this week – all week. :roll: Then I have afternoon appointments on a couple of the days. Can I get you to tell them that they are disrupting my normal TOD life? I know GGail won’t tell them. ;)

        BTW, I didn’t respond to your name change yesterday, confused because I didn’t initially understand why I got a new name. I only discovered the reason for the ‘baptism’ last night when I was trying to do some catching up. This having to work really puts a crimp in my style. :grin:

        • 35 MightyPamela
          March 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm

          It puts a crimp in Life in The Vilage. You just line them up for me, I’ll handle the rest. GGail can stay off the hook! :)

          • 36 vcprezofan2
            March 18, 2014 at 5:06 pm

            Okay. Thanks in advance. :razz:

            • 37 GGail
              March 18, 2014 at 5:40 pm

              My ears are burning!!!

              I HEAR YOUUUUUUU and I’m gonna make a phone call……”ring” “hello??”” “I need to report a complaining staff member”…

              • 38 vcprezofan2
                March 18, 2014 at 6:56 pm

                Hon, there are so many of those, I ain’t in the least worried. ;) Now if you had said a happy staff member, they might have asked ‘Who?’

  12. 39 anniebella
    March 18, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you to the soldiers who is at the WH today and the ones who is not there, thank you to their families for their service to our country. Thank you Mr. President for honoring these heroes.

    • 40 anniebella
      March 18, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      When I think about the Tea Party signs I used to see saying things like we want our country back, it really piss me off because alot of people fought and died for this country and it does not and will never belong to just those hateful racists.

  13. March 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Every channel ended coverage of the MOH ceremony at 4:00 PM except MSNBC….. pathetic. Jake Tapper, who claims to be an advocate of the military is more concerned about missing plane conspiracies. So sad….

    • 44 jacquelineoboomer
      March 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      Pathetic. So glad I was watching MSNBC when the others went off. Shame on them. MSNBC needs to go through all 24 before breaking … and, if they actually do, I’ll be thanking them for standing up for a change!

    • 47 Linda
      March 18, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Tapper is also the author of The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, a critically acclaimed book about U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

      He does what he is told by his Master’s

      • 48 hopefruit2
        March 18, 2014 at 4:48 pm

        If he’s author of such a critically acclaimed book, then he doesn’t need a job on CNN. And he should have enough “pull” as to advocate for coverage of this event.

    • 49 Nerdy Wonka
      March 18, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Wow. That’s messed up. They can run their mouths about President Obama looking and being “weak” or about war but they can’t dedicate the time to honor those who fought and died so they can have the avenue to air their daily drivel.

      You can add MSNBC to that list. Only C-SPAN and the White House are airing the full ceremony.

    • 50 Nena20409
      March 18, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      That in truth is why MSM is Not in it for the greater Good nor is MSM for the Public.

  14. March 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm

  15. 52 jacquelineoboomer
    March 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm

  16. 53 GGail
    March 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Oh this is so touching! I can’t be crying here at my desk!!!

  17. March 18, 2014 at 4:27 pm

  18. 55 anniebella
    March 18, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Where is John McCain and Lindsey Graham?

    • 56 Linda
      March 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Getting ready for their Fox Spews Gig, no doubt.

    • 57 anniebella
      March 18, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Can anyone imagine American politicians running around praising Hitler, Sadaam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, Stalin, the way the right wing conservatives are praising Putin?

      • 58 carolyn
        March 18, 2014 at 5:32 pm

        Sadly, yes, there were politicians in the late 20s and 30s praising Hitler. Joseph Kennedy made some untoward remarks that got him recalled from his ambassadorship to Britain. Other wealthy oligarch types also supported Hitler initially. Fortunately, FDR didn’t listen to them any more than POTUS does to that type today.

  19. 59 Nerdy Wonka
    March 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm

  20. March 18, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    • 61 jacquelineoboomer
      March 18, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      I guess I “shouldn’t” laugh, but that’s hysterical! I’ve already probably eaten enough yellow bunny peeps this spring season to do me all year!

  21. March 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    • 63 jackiegrumbacher
      March 18, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Edwina, it’s some juxtaposition, isn’t it, having real heroes honored for risking their lives for their country and seeing the venal, self-absorbed Christie, whose service to his “state” consists of corruption and bullying.

    • 64 99ts
      March 18, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Stay with the stories edwina – the media concentrating on missing planes and wanting the US to go to war with Russia isn’t going to save Gov Christie and his pals.

      http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/david-samson-federal-subpoena

      Federal Prosecutors Looking At Bridge Contracts Tied To Christie Ally

      The New York Times reported Tuesday that federal prosecutors in New Jersey subpoenaed records last week from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, focused on two major bridge contracts awarded to construction companies represented by a law firm founded by the agency’s chairman, David Samson.

  22. 65 Nerdy Wonka
    March 18, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Seeing them weeping after being denied for so long due to racism is overwhelming. Thank you President Obama.

  23. 66 Nerdy Wonka
    March 18, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    • 67 jackiegrumbacher
      March 18, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Once again, Nerdy, thank you. What makes me weep is that our country could do such a disservice to these brave men because of the color of their skin or their ethnicity. We asked everything of those who fought our country’s wars and we chose to give some of them nothing. It breaks my heart that this is part of our history as a nation. Shame on us. And bless this president for righting that dreadful wrong.

  24. 68 Nerdy Wonka
    March 18, 2014 at 4:51 pm

  25. 69 hopefruit2
    March 18, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Oh my..what a wonderful, moving ceremony.

  26. 70 57andfemale
    March 18, 2014 at 4:54 pm

  27. 71 jackiegrumbacher
    March 18, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    If anyone is wondering, like I was, why the US Embassy in Syria was closed today, here is Kerry’s explanation. Basically, Kerry says the presence of the embassy is a farce because the US does not recognize Assad’s legitimacy.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/03/secretary-kerry-syrian-embassy-was-an-insult/

  28. 72 sherijr
    March 18, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Not a dry eye in this house ~ very moving ceremony. Grateful to President Obama for righting more wrongs.

  29. 73 Nerdy Wonka
    March 18, 2014 at 4:55 pm

  30. 74 57andfemale
    March 18, 2014 at 4:56 pm

  31. 75 jacquelineoboomer
    March 18, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Here’s Tennyson’s words, which the President quoted during the Medal of Honor ceremony:

    “Though much is taken, much abides; and though
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
    One equal temper of heroic hearts,
    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

    ― Alfred Tennyson, Idylls of the King and a Selection of Poems

    • 76 carolyn
      March 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Thank you for finding the poem jb! I was scratching my head trying to think of it, and then didn’t go look it up!
      How appropriate, and how wonderful that we have a president who reads poetry for special occasions! Just one more reason I love him.

      • 77 jacquelineoboomer
        March 18, 2014 at 5:14 pm

        One more reason why I love him, too! (And thank goodness for my DVR, because I played it back to get the quote!)

    • 78 99ts
      March 18, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Such an interesting choice at this point in time, given that Tennyson wrote the “Charge of the Light Brigade”

      “The Charge of the Light Brigade was a charge of British light cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War”

      The poem

      http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174586

      And a link to Ulysses – the poem of the quote

      http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15827

      Thank you for the reminders jacqueline – my school days were full of British poets (1950s Australia everything was British) – my father never stopped with the reading and the quoting – but I seem to have drifted away – so nice that you and President Obama remind me of my dad and my past.

  32. March 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I.m back from voting and I must say it was tempting to switch parties just to vote against the real RWNJ running in the ‘Pub primaries for governor. He’s a gazillionaire and has used his own money to campaign. He’s for reducing minimum wage by $1.00, and all sorts of the crazy stuff. The only reason I didn’t do that was because of the down ballot votes I wanted participate in for some Dem candidate.

    My worry is that, that guy could conceivably win, due to Chicago’s historically poor mid-term voter turn out. Our governor Quinn is very vunerable, cause the downstate rural righty and wound up tighties will GOTV for their guy. We could win it in Cook County alone, if the folks would just do their civic duty.

    • 81 57andfemale
      March 18, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Don’t cha love ‘I’ll bring term limits”?

      Will he? By himself? Without the legislature?

      Quinn should run ads asking if he could pass a 6th grade test in how government works. Rauner may ‘hate’ government but he still would have to govern.

      Enough destruction from RWNJ’s. Let’s get back to decent governance.

    • 83 anniebella
      March 18, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      POTUS and FLOTUS would enjoy seeing these young kids singing.

    • 84 No Child Left Behind
      March 18, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      Thank you for this lovely video.

    • 85 Vicki
      March 18, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      The kids were great and am i the only one who was noticing the 60’s choreography? The Twist? The Swim?

    • 86 Linda
      March 18, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      The talented students in the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences choir nail the Oscar-nominated hit, posted on YouTube by Edward Bone, all with perfect choreography. The two lead singers have so much star quality they might just be future Pharrells, and we’re glad all these kids are the future of Detroit.

  33. 87 hopefruit2
    March 18, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Glad to see Debbie fighting back, and she’s right.

  34. 89 hopefruit2
    March 18, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    OOOoooooh……

  35. 91 HZ
    March 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Good Afternoon, Chips and my TOD family. This was an amazing and moving moment in our history for all of us, and to have President Barack Obama in the White House during this wonderful ceremony honoring and making the wrongs right, God Bless America.

    President Obama is always constant with his core and his compassionate actions. It is always a beauty to behold to see Power on display with so much humbleness, yet firmness by such a great man, our 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. My tears carried my heart to that room today. Beautiful to witness a little more closeness to being our better selves. Thank you, Mr. President. HZ

    • 92 GGail
      March 18, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      HZ, you expressed my thoughts and emotions so beautifully here “It is always a beauty to behold to see Power on display with so much humbleness, yet firmness by such a great man, our 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. My tears carried my heart to that room today. Beautiful to witness a little more closeness to being our better selves.”

      love you {{{HZ}}}

  36. 93 Nerdy Wonka
    March 18, 2014 at 5:13 pm

  37. 94 carolyn
    March 18, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    “Beautiful to witness a little more closeness to being our better selves.” Yes…..He has been calling us to that for over seven years now. I am hopeful that more people are hearing the call. Thank you HZ

  38. 95 57andfemale
    March 18, 2014 at 5:20 pm

  39. 96 57andfemale
    March 18, 2014 at 5:20 pm

  40. 97 jacquelineoboomer
    March 18, 2014 at 5:20 pm

  41. 98 hopefruit2
    March 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm

  42. 99 hopefruit2
    March 18, 2014 at 5:39 pm

  43. 103 Linda
    March 18, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    CNN has a countdown clock of how much time is left to find the flight data recorder.

    • 104 hopefruit2
      March 18, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      It’s all a big entertainment blitz to them. I wonder how any of them would feel if they had loved ones on that flight.

    • 105 Layla
      March 18, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      I read it fast and thought you wrote a ‘clown clock’ which sounded pretty right!

  44. 106 hopefruit2
    March 18, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Awww…Markie haz a sad..

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  48. 117 Lovepolitics2008
    March 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    On the “narrative” of the President’s weakness…

    The reality is that America isn’t omnipotent. It can’t control the whole world. For a couple of decades it was the only superpower left, but this was a temporary situation. Russia has been getting stronger ( a bit) and China is becoming a force. Problem is that a good portion of Americans, and certainly the Villagers in Washington, refuse to see the new reality. It’s MUCH EASIER to use the President as a scapegoat. Oh he’s “weak”; if he was stronger Putin would be afraid of him.

    NONSENSE. Economic sanctions could restrain Putin a bit, but the reality is that Ukraine can’t defend itself for long against a powerful russian military, and the USA and Europe won’t start WWIII in order to defend Ukraine and the russians KNOW IT. NOBODY in Congress would vote for bombing Russia. And very few americans would be willing to go to war with Russia.

    America, GROW UP !!!!!!!!!

    Last thing: it may be true that President’s deliberations and “non-linear” path in his thinking/talking on the Syria problem created the ILLUSION that he is indecisive. (For the record, I’ve always been convinced that we don’t know the whole story and that his “thinking” was made much more difficult by the evolution of secret negotiations with Iran, and also by continuous conflicting info about the situation on the ground in Syria .)

    Curious though that every critic of the President these days conveniently forgets that when he asked Congress to authorize use of force in Syria, suddenly the war hawks weren’t screaming that loud anymore. In other words, President Obama called their bluff. They were screaming to President Obama to act “strong” but in reality they didn’t want to assume their constitutional responsibility. I doubt very much that President Obama wanted to bomb Syria; he used the threat only to make the RUSSIANS move, after stalling for two years. But the president wouldn’t have started a war without the approval of Congress. He believes too much in the Constitution. If we are searching for a man of STRONG character in Washington these days, President Barack Hussein Obama is the man. The vast majority of the political and media class in Washington are just a bunch of juniors compared to him.


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