Washington, D.C. - December 15, 2006 -- William Safire receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom  from United States President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Friday, December 15, 2006.  The medal is the nation's highest civil award.  It may be awarded "to any person who has made an especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or, (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".  As a journalist, speechwriter, columnist, author, and lexicographer, William Safire has distinguished himself as one of our country's most talented writers and commentators.  Using the power of prose, he has educated our citizenry, polished our language, and vigorously defended human freedom.  His work has earned him the recognition of his peers, including the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary, and has elevated debate on issues of the day.  The United States honors William Safire for his uncompromising commitment to his craft and to strengthening our democracy.<br />
Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP
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Washington, D.C. - December 15, 2006 -- William Safire receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from United States President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Friday, December 15, 2006. The medal is the nation's highest civil award. It may be awarded "to any person who has made an especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or, (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors". As a journalist, speechwriter, columnist, author, and lexicographer, William Safire has distinguished himself as one of our country's most talented writers and commentators. Using the power of prose, he has educated our citizenry, polished our language, and vigorously defended human freedom. His work has earned him the recognition of his peers, including the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary, and has elevated debate on issues of the day. The United States honors William Safire for his uncompromising commitment to his craft and to strengthening our democracy.
Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP

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Date: 15 Dec 2006
Location: Washington District of Columbia United States of America
Credit: Ron Sachs - CNP
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