Obama Has Set the Record for the Most Presidential Medals of Freedom

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While some political observers have criticized the growing use of unilateral executive power, there are usually no complaints about presidents bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom. When President Obama welcomes this year’s recipients to the White House on Tuesday, he will set the record for the most Medals of Freedom awarded by any president to date.

By the end of Tuesday’s ceremony, Obama will have awarded at least 114 Medals of Freedom, more than any other president. (We say “at least” because counting the number of awards is more complicated than you’d imagine. For example, both Bill and Melinda Gates will receive a Medal for their joint work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In our count, we count joint awards as a single medal.)


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