- Read more about the recipients here:
- 50 Years of President Kennedy’s Medal of Freedom (FROM 2013):
The other 2018 recipients are Miriam Adelson (billionaire philanthropist), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah, one of the longest serving senators), Justice Alan Page (Pro Football Hall of Famer & Minnesota’s first African American Supreme Court judge), George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr. (4-time World Series champion & baseball legend), Antonin Scalia (former Supreme Court Justice), Roger Staubach (2-time Super Bowl champion, Hall-of-Fame quarterback).
HOW ARE THEY PICKED?
The President selects recipients with the assistance of an advisory group.
On average fewer than 11 selected each year.
Most of the honorees are U.S. citizens, but individuals from other countries are also eligible.
It may be given to a person more than once. Fmr. Secy of State, General Colin Powell received it twice; the second time with distinction.
In 2015, when asked about revoking Bill Cosby’s Medal of Freedom, President Obama said there was no precedent for it.
*July 1945: President Truman created the award to honor outstanding service of civilians during WWII.
*Feb 1963: President Kennedy expanded the award to include cultural achievements.
*Dec. 1963: President Lyndon Johnson handed out the awards to recipients (chosen by Kennedy before his assassination a month earlier), Kennedy was added to the list with a posthumous Medal of Freedom.