Elder Bush Receives Medal of Freedom
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR

The patriarch of the Bush family dynasty stood in the White House he once led, a bit unsteady but with a large smile on his face, and accepted the nation’s highest civilian honor from President Obama on Tuesday.

In an East Room ceremony, former President George Bush, 86, received the 2010 Medal of Freedom, part of a group of 15 Americans who Mr. Obama hailed for their contributions to the arts, politics, public service, sports and activism.

“His life is a testament that public service is a noble calling,” Mr. Obama said of the 41st president before tying the blue-and-white ribbon and medal around his neck. “Like the remarkable Barbara Bush, his humility and his decency reflects the very best of the American spirit. This is a gentleman.”

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