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A basketball player a cellist and a poet walked into the White House today.
And they walked out with the nation's highest civilian honor President Obama awarded the medal of freemen to fifteen people this afternoon among the recipients.
The basketball legend Bill Russell the poet and author Maya Angelou and the cellist Yo-Yo ma.
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett in the artist Jasper Johns each picked up a metal as did the German chancellor Angela miracle.
But there was one award winner who's more accustomed to handing out these sorts of things -- receiving them the former president George H.
An extraordinary life -- service.
And -- President Obama noting his predecessor has spent a lifetime in service to this nation from a decorated navy pilot.
Nearly gave his life in World War II to.
US ambassador to the United Nations.
From CIA director -- US on -- to China.
To the vice presidency.
His life is a testament that public service is a noble call.
As president he expanded America's promise to new immigrants and people with disabilities.
He -- nuclear weapons.
He built a broad international.
Spell a dictator from Kuwait.
When democratic revolution swept across Eastern Europe it was a steady diplomatic hand the President Bush made possible.
An achievement once thought impossible.
Ending the Cold War without firing.
President Obama also noted bush 41 service did not end with his term.
With a tsunami swept across the Indian Ocean 2004.
And killed hundreds of thousands of people.
Bush joined former President Clinton to raise money for survivors.
They each country's gonna have to determine its -- Priorities in the United States to be there to help.
A year later when Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast.
Former President Bush returned.
Again raising money and people's spirits.
President Obama said that people who know bush 41.
Know that he's a gentleman.
-- -- the former president's humility and decency reflect the very best.
President Bush 41 is one of six presidents to receive the medal of freedom.
The others are Carter Ford Reagan JFK.
And -- jet.
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