Obama bestows George Bush with America’s highest civilian honour

February 16th, 2011 - 3:48 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama Washington, Feb.16 (ANI): US President Barack Obama honoured 41st president George H W Bush with America’s highest civilian honour on Tuesday.

Obama praised Bush, as a “diplomatic hand” who made possible what many had thought was impossible - ending the Cold War without firing a shot.

He said: “His humility and his decency reflects the very best of the American spirit. Those of you who know him, this is a gentleman, inspiring citizens to become points of light in service to others.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was also honoured, but she was not in Washington for the annual Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony, according to The Telegraph.

Other political and cultural figures, including cello virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma, Civil rights pioneer congressman John Lewis, baseball great Stan Musial and Jean Kennedy Smith, the sister of assassinated president John F. Kennedy and a disabilities campaigner, were also among the honorees.

Obama also honoured and paid tribute to billionaire financier and philanthropist, Warren Buffett for his career as a humanitarian.

“You don’t see Warren Buffett wearing fancy suits or driving fancy cars, instead, you see him devoting the vast majority of his wealth to those around the world who are suffering, or sick, or in need of help,” said.Obama. (ANI)

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