When Bill Clinton delivered his 1999 State of the Union Address, he was Presidential.

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He shook the hands of the Republican Speaker of the House.

He gave an inspiring uniting speech.

He singled out Rosa Parks for her contributions to Civil Rights.

He gave this speech in the middle of his Impeachment Trial in the Senate.

Fast forward twenty-one years and a different President gives a State of the Union during his impeachment trial.

He snubbed the Democratic Speaker of the House by not shaking her hand.

He gave an address full of lies and pandering overtures to his nativist base that live in the Trump Zone on Fox Island.

He saluted fellow divider and birther Rush Limbaugh (who is dying of lung cancer) during his speech, having the First Lady put the Medal of Freedom on him.

Past Medal of Freedom recipients have included:

  • Mother Teresa
  • Rosa Parks
  • The Apollo 13 Crew
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Colin Powell
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Harper Lee
  • Warren Buffett
  • David McCullough
  • Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Walter Cronkite
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Chuck Yeager
  • Omar Bradley
  • Melinda and Bill Gates
  • Helen Keller
  • Lech Walesa
  • Shimon Peres
  • Madeleine Albright
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • John Lewis
  • Hubert Humphrey
  • Pope John Paul II
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Jesse Owens
  • Jackie Robinson

Considering the names and contributions made to society by the above recipients and the many others not listed, how can Rush Limbaugh be on the same list as Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Helen Keller or Jackie Robinson.

All of these recipients (with the exception of Strom Thurmond who did get one as well) moved society forward in some fashion. These are individuals children should be able to look up to.

Rush Limbaugh has not moved the country forward and he is definitely not a role model for children.

People should not be given the Medal of Freedom because they share the same reactionary backward views as the current White House occupant.

Giving Limbaugh this award is a disgrace.

It further divides the country, gives legitimacy to his and Trumps divisive views, and goes against what the Medal of Freedom is all about.

People should be repulsed.