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Presidential Medal of Freedom / Kennedy #952510

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009
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(Studio: Katie Couric) Ceremonies at the White House to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom noted; scenes shown of recipients, including Native American historian Joe Crow, actor Sidney Poitier and tennis star Billie Jean King.

(White House: Bill Plante) The medal ceremonies reviewed; scenes shown of recipients, including former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and physicist Stephen Hawking; details given of the absence of honoree Senator Edward Kennedy, who has brain cancer and is also missing the battle over health care reform. [President OBAMA – comments on Hawking and Kennedy.] [In March, KENNEDY – comments on participating in the health care reform process.] [“Last Lion” author Peter CANELLOS†- comments on Kennedy’s ability to compromise; notes the Kennedy family’s influence on Obama.]

Reporter(s):
Couric, Katie;
Plante, Bill
Duration:
00:02:40

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