Aretha, 13 others get some r-e-s-p-e-c-t

President Bush awarded 14 Presidential Medals of Freedom today, and one of the recipients was Detroit’s-own Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Franklin, who has had 20 number-one singles in her career, received the medal – which is the highest honor to be bestowed upon a civilian – “for helping to shape our Nation’s artistic and cultural heritage”, according to a White House press release on the subject.

Other medal recipients included Muhammed Ali, who currently resides in Berrien Springs, Michigan; Vincent Cerf and Robert Kahn, hailed as pioneers of the digital age; Paul Harvey, the “one-man network” most notably recognized for “the rest of the story”; Carol Burnett; Alan Greenspan; Jack Nicklaus; Sonny Montgomery; Robert Conquest; Andy Griffith; baseball legend, Frank Robinson; General Richard Myers; and, Paul Rusesabagina, the notable humanitarian that saved the lives of more than 1200 Tutsis and Hutus during the Rwandan genocide of the 1990s.

2 Comments so far

  1. Jeppy (unregistered) on November 10th, 2005 @ 5:43 am

    When Bush was awarding Ali with his medal, G.W. made as if he was throwing a punch at his face. Ali lifted his hand and twirled his finger at his own head (gesture for “He’s Crazy”

    Good going Muhammed !

  2. (unregistered) on November 10th, 2005 @ 10:38 am


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