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WDKX.com » Blog » Obama, Bill Clinton pay tribute to John F. Kennedy
Nov 21st 2013 8:20 am
Obama, Bill Clinton pay tribute to John F. Kennedy
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WASHINGTON -- President Obama paid tribute Wednesday to Democratic predecessor Bill Clinton, and both of them honored a presidential icon, John F. Kennedy.

As a bugler played taps, Obama, Clinton and spouses Michelle Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton stood with hands over hearts before the eternal flame that illuminates Kennedy's grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

The solemn ceremony and other events began a series of memorials across the nation leading into Friday, the 50th anniversary of the assassination that transformed American politics and culture.

Before the Arlington visit, Obama awarded Clinton and 15 other Americans the Presidential Medal of Freedom, created 50 years ago by President Kennedy. Other recipients included television legend Oprah Winfrey, country music artist Loretta Lynn, women's rights leader Gloria Steinem,

baseball great Ernie Banks and the late pioneering astronaut Sally Ride.

"These are the men and women who in their extraordinary lives remind us all of the beauty of the human spirit, the values that define us as Americans, the potential that lives inside of all of us," Obama said during a ceremony at the White House, echoing Kennedy's reasons for establishing the award.

Source:USA Today