October 2, 2008

John Howard awarded Winston S Churchill Medal of Freedom


We congratulate John Winston Howard on another great achievement. Coming soon after accepting the Irving Kristol award our former Prime Minister has been awarded the Winston S Churchill Medal of Freedom at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

The American Freedom Alliance, an LA-based think tank, presented Mr. Howard with the award for being "a strong ally of the United States". Asked if he were concerned Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the labor Government would erode the economic fundamentals built up during his 11 years in Australia's top job, Mr Howard replied: "I hope the new government does not in any way squander the inheritance we gave them".

He welcomed the news US President George W Bush and Congressional leaders had agreed on a $US700 billion ($845 billion) rescue plan for the shaky US financial industry. Australia, thanks largely to the policies of his government, was in a healthy position to ride out the economic turmoil in the US, he said. "Fortunately, the fundamentals of the Australian economy are very strong and those fundamentals were largely created by the former government," Mr Howard said. "The fact that we have a big surplus and have paid off our debt, that we have low unemployment, we have low inflation, we have a strong banking system, all of those things will work to our favour. "If Australia were now in debt and were running a big budget deficit, the impact of this would be much greater."

Mr Howard's wife, Janette, and son Richard accompanied him on the trip to the US.

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Back in March and following his acceptance of the Irving Krystol award, John Howard launched a strong defense of his legacy, breaking his silence following last year's election loss. The former prime minister used a speech to the conservative US think tank, the American Enterprise Institute to attack his successor over his new policies including Iraq. To a standing ovation from over 1400 guests that included former United Nations ambassador John Bolton, Vice President Dick Cheney's wife Lynne, and former World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz, Mr Howard defended his Government’ record and personal convictions. Once again congratulations John Howard.

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See also: Australia's John Howard Receives 2008 Irving Kristol award

9 comments:

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

A well deserved award to a great leader and true friend. I only hope that the Aussies don't come to regret even more thna they do now removing him from office.

WomanHonorThyself said...

well deserved indeed!..I've posted on him as well..great one Otto!

Tapline said...

Otto, Great man.....He was there when we needed a friend.....stay well.....

Anonymous said...

As an Australian as far as i am concerned George W Bush can take his Freedom Medal and shove it up his Texas a@#se. Howard got it for sucking up to Dubbya and involving Australia in the illegal invasion of Iraq which cost thousands of innocent Iraqi lives.

Howard is now prattling on saying he is accepting it behalf of the Australian people, B*#**%it, we dont want and good riddance to both Howard and Bush.

Richmond said...

This 'award' isn't really a measure of John Howard. It's a measure of George W Bush.

Anonymous said...

Like a couple of Mafia dons celebrating a successful heist, they adorn each other with ornaments at the public expense. Enjoy your freedom while it lasts, boys; the law may yet catch up with you.

Australian said...

How un-Australian!

Australian Health said...

John Howard was popular because he looked like Mr Sheen, a cartoon character on a popular Australian cleaning product. This cartoon character is embedded so deeply in the Australian psyche that it has a measurable effect on our voting preferences. Kevin Rudd looked even more like Mr Sheen than Howard did. In the corridors of Australian political power, this phenomenon is quietly known as the 'Mr Sheen index'. The more that the candidate for Prime Minister looks like Mr Sheen, the greater their percentage of the vote. Julia Gillard doesn't look anything like Mr Sheen. I wonder how she'll go in the election.

Mr Sheen

American Interests said...

Both Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard look nothing like Mr Sheen, how can we quantify them without a Mr Sheen index I wonder ...