Later today, I will host a ceremony and reception at the White House to honor the recipients of the 2010 Citizens Medal, but I wanted you to be the first to know who will receive this prestigious award:
The Citizens Medal is the second highest civilian honor in our nation. For over 40 years, some of America's most respected heroes and public figures like Muhammad Ali, Colin Powell and Bob Dole, and everyday heroes like Oseola McCarty, a washerwoman who left her entire life savings to establish a scholarship for students in need, have received this award.
This year, we decided to try something a little bit different. We asked you, the American public, to tell us about the heroes in your community -- the folks who may not always get the recognition they deserve, but whose selfless work is making a real difference.
We received over 6,000 outstanding nominations from around the country. It was a tough choice, but we were able to narrow it down to 13 recipients of the 2010 Citizens Medal:
This year's Citizens Medal recipients should serve as an inspiration to all Americans: A widow who lost her husband on 9/11 and turned her grief into a message of hope for Afghani women whose husbands were lost to the Taliban; a school bus driver who delivers hot meals and coffee to New York City’s homeless and forgotten 365 nights a year; a North Chicago nurse and childcare professional who opened a live-in resource center that has given help and hope to hundreds of pregnant teenagers. They are all powerful reminders of the impact individuals can have on their community and on the world.
Congratulations to this year's Citizens Medal recipients, and thank you to the millions of Americans who strive to make their communities better every day.
President Barack Obama
The President Speaks to You?
So what. He is forever opening his mouth about something.
In a democracy and as a citizen of America, he is entitled to air his views on everything. As a President he is more privileged to speak and explain about his policies.
Our President has no problem speaking.
Answering questions, he is not so good.
UH Uh Uhm
No embarassing questions to him please... Let him speak and select answers from his speeches.
So we should sit and be lectured at like children.
You do not think the President needs to answer to the American people?
He was not annointed to be our monarch. He works for the American People.
Yours is a government for the people, by the people, for the people. Both have responsibilities. But he heads that government, not all can be privileged to. Listening to a lecture does not mean you are a child. It is discipline. Even if you ask and he answers, what is the use. He cannot act as you like. But he can act as he likes. Everyone comes to power to implement their own agenda, which is practical in any country. Going on answering everyone before him will not look good. You come to his place, implement your policy. Dont elect someone and give headache to him wherever he goes. Yours is only one vote, which may have elected him.
I have come to a conclusion... Americans need discipline....
Ya, those ugly lil right wing bastards do whine a lot, don't they?
Our President does not head the Government. He is one branch of our government. Who do you think should be put into place to discipline Americans?
Congratulations to all of them. Inspiration comes in many forms and it is inspiring to see the far-reaching effects of a single caring person.
"You cannot have a proud and chivalrous spirit if your conduct is mean and paltry; for whatever a man's actions are, such must be his spirit.
People from other countries do not understand the freedom we Americans hold so dear. That is why they must learn about our system of government before becoming citizens. Otherwise the nation would be populated with ignorant voters who could be pushed around.
The government wouldn't want that.
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