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Philadelphia - Hillary Clinton Named 2013 Liberty Medal Recipient

Published on: June 27, 2013 11:23 PM
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Philadelphia - Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose lifelong public service career includes turns as secretary of state, presidential candidate, senator and first lady, is the recipient of the 2013 Liberty Medal.

Clinton will receive the medal in a Sept. 10 ceremony at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. She was not in attendance for Thursday’s announcement.

Liberty Medal sponsors and partners said Clinton’s nearly four decades of public service exemplify the qualities that the award was established to honor, from her groundbreaking outreach to global leaders to her continuing work to advance opportunities for the world’s girls and women.

“The Liberty Medal recognizes individuals who have furthered the ideals of freedom, democracy, and equality, often against great odds,” said Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center president and CEO. “Hillary Clinton has devoted her life to expanding opportunities for `We the People’ not just in this country but around the globe.”

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Liberty Medal sponsors cited Clinton’s work as secretary of state from Jan. 2009 to Feb. 2013, when she traveled to 80-plus countries - more than any of her predecessors - “as a champion of human rights, democracy, civil society and opportunities for women and girls around the world.”

They also noted her bipartisan efforts as first lady in support of affordable health care and her work as U.S. senator from New York to secure more than $20 billion after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks for the city and its first responders.

“Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, chairman of the National Constitution Center, said in a statement.

Previous recipients of the medal, which was established in 1988 to celebrate the bicentennial of the Constitution, include rock singer and human rights activist Bono, former South African President Nelson Mandela and former President Jimmy Carter.

Six winners have subsequently received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, and former President George H.W. Bush were jointly awarded the Liberty Medal in 2006 for their efforts helping victims of Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami in southeast Asia. Both went on to serve terms as chairmen of the National Constitution Center.

The National Constitution Center, which opened in 2003 near Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, is dedicated to increasing public understanding of the Constitution through its museum exhibits, public lectures and debates, and educational outreach and research.


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 Jun 27, 2013 at 11:30 PM greuv Says:

except, of course for the girls and women of muslim countries. again, why not hillary?

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 Jun 27, 2013 at 11:35 PM Longwave Says:

She got 4 Americans killed in Bengazi and now she gets a medal for it. What a farce.

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 Jun 28, 2013 at 01:33 AM finewine8 Says:

future presidents:

Clinton (Hillary) 2016-2024
Bush (Jeb) 2024-2030
Clinton (Chelsey) 2030-2038

You get the drift. Our country is owned my a few families.

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 Jun 28, 2013 at 07:43 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
finewine8 Says:

future presidents:

Clinton (Hillary) 2016-2024
Bush (Jeb) 2024-2030
Clinton (Chelsey) 2030-2038

You get the drift. Our country is owned my a few families.

Chelsea Clinton can not even tie her own shoes in life. Bush Jeb is not a major influence in any arena and Hillary is a cool gal and all but she lacks credibility. I am hoping to look to a true visionary like Jon Huntsman.

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 Jun 28, 2013 at 07:43 AM Anonymous Says:

wow all thats you have to do, is let 4 americans get killed and lie, and you get some award,

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 Jun 28, 2013 at 07:59 AM victorg Says:

What did she get it for, Benghazi?

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 Jun 28, 2013 at 08:04 AM RobertS Says:

She deserves the award because she also gave "liberty" to her husband enabling his infidelity and his humiliation of her. She has accomplished nothing, much less on her own. Her ego and venality will lead her to continue her Faustian bargain on the way to the presidency.

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 Jun 28, 2013 at 08:08 AM Teddybear Says:

Mees vi de Gules

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 Jun 28, 2013 at 09:02 AM SandraM Says:

Liberty Award is now like the Peace Prize. Worth nothing.
What has this lady achieved besides sticking with a faithless husband and bumbling one mission after another?

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 Jun 28, 2013 at 12:21 PM DougFische Says:

I still want to hear what really happened to Vince Foster.

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 Jun 28, 2013 at 01:25 PM anonymous Says:

Love all the Benghazi comments. Now, if you would spend half as much time learning facts about what actually happened there as you do in repeating the misinformation you've heard from opinion outlets, we'll be getting somewhere.

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 Jun 28, 2013 at 03:22 PM esther Says:

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anonymous Says:

Love all the Benghazi comments. Now, if you would spend half as much time learning facts about what actually happened there as you do in repeating the misinformation you've heard from opinion outlets, we'll be getting somewhere.

and where do you get your benghazi facts from,the liars in the white house?

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 Jun 28, 2013 at 05:01 PM FloydBarber Says:

Reply to #11  
anonymous Says:

Love all the Benghazi comments. Now, if you would spend half as much time learning facts about what actually happened there as you do in repeating the misinformation you've heard from opinion outlets, we'll be getting somewhere.

Where do you get your information? Hillary herself? She is the biggest liar of all.

One of her best was her claim that her parents named her after Sir Edmund Hillary who was part of the first expedition to climb the summit of Mt Everest. Unfortunately, for Hillary Clinton, the truth is that she was born in 1947 and the Hillary expedition was in 1953.

I echo the sentiments of comment # 10.......I'd like to know who killed Vince Foster. The facts do not support that this was a suicide.

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 Jun 30, 2013 at 12:21 AM ActualJew Says:

she did not do a single thing as sec of state. so give her a medal bc they want her to be prez! and the American people might just buy it. mishigas!!!

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