January 6, 2009

John Howard awarded U.S. Presidential medal

The former Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, will receive yet another award, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honour. Said White House press secretary Dana Perino:

The President is honouring these leaders for their work to improve the lives of their citizens and their efforts to promote democracy, human rights and peace abroad ...
It follows a string of previous awards in recogntion of the former Prime Minister efforts to make the world a safer place. In 2005, Prime Minister John Howard was presented with the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars Award, an unprecedented honour for a serving leader and person outside of America and Europe. Then just over a year ago, he was presented with the 2008 Irving Kristol Award, only the second time the award was presented to a foreignor. And just over 3 months ago John Howard was awarded the Winston S Churchill Medal of Freedom at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

This latest award represents another remarkable achievement for one of this country's best Prime Minister's.

Previous postings on John Howard:

John Howard awarded Winston S Churchill Medal of Freedom
John Howard accepts Irving Kristol award - defends his Conservative Legacy
Order of the Garter
Australia's John Howard Receives 2008 Irving Kristol Award
Australia votes 11/24/2007
Australia: An Election looms

See also Pajamas TV Video: John Howard - The Long War Against Radical Islam

14 comments:

WomanHonorThyself said...

well deserved indeed my friend!!..don't forget to vote for me every day..ha :)Linky is at my site! :)

The Lonely Conservative said...

Howard is certainly deserving of the award. He did what he believed was the right thing to do, even if it was unpopular. Good for him!

Anonymous said...

Why not award Robert Mugabe the freedom medal, he's done about as much for human rights as John Howard has.

AI said...

WHT: Won't forget, keep up the good work!

AI said...

The L Conservative: Indeed he did sincerly and honestly..thanks for coming by!

AI said...

Anon: Please study Mugabe well! Thereafter, if you are still putting him on the same pedestal as John Howard, I would suggest that you are being ridiculous ...

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Admittedly not knowing much about Howard, what might one typify as his greatest accomplishment or series of accomplishments for Australia?

BZ

mksviews said...

Well deserved indeed Otto.

BZ, Howard was actually made PM before my time, but in summary, i'd say the following about his government -

*They paid off a rather large national debt, around 70 to 80 billion, which is huge for a small country like Australia.
*His government gave us folks tax cuts many times in a row, which is something i'm always up for.
*His government left us in an economic position that's the envy of the western world.
*When your country went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan in the cause of freedom, he went with you and hence Australia can be proud that we played a part in freeing two nations and bringing tyrants to justice.
*Howard was one of the few western leaders who stood up to militant Islam and said what most of us thought. He was not one of those Islam is a religion of peace, all cultures are equal morons.
*His government enacted long-overdue reforms in our national workplace that cost him his job, but were much needed, as evidenced by the current government's embracing of similar reforms.
*His government also ensured that Australia does not have the sorts of problems that the rest of the western world has with illegal immigration.
*He also launched a program to really improve conditions for aboriginal people in Australia, not just paying them lip service like a lot of other politicians.

I'm sure there is a lot more, but that's what comes to mind.

AI said...

Well said mk and THANK YOU! ... BZ you may also want to follow some of the links above...especially the 2nd one where you can read John Howards Irving Krystol speech and get a feel for his conservative values. We must also not forget Howards unwavering support for the war on terror ...

Tapline said...

Howard was not only unwaivering in his support for the war on Terror and the United States' fight against militant Islam, He is a true Patriot whom Austrlians should be very proud.

AI said...

Tap: THANK YOU!

Vince said...
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Anonymous said...

Howard was the worst PM we ever had. The meanest, shallowest, most dishonest and cowardly neo-conservative, right-wing, rabid, corporate fascist traitor to the typical working class Australian majority. He is a pig and a lapdog of US imperialism. Howard caused so much harm to people and families in Australia he really deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Otto Marasco American Interests said...

Anonymous: Wrong on all counts! Reveal yourself, have you a name, a blog of your own, twitter account perhaps?