Remarks by the President Honoring the Recipients of the 2010 Medal of Freedom
On February 15, 2011, President Obama awarded the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to fifteen honorees; George H. W. Bush was one of those fifteen receiving the nation's highest civilian honor.
President Obama stated at the ceremony, "... his humility and his decency reflects the very best of the American spirit. Those of you who know him, this is a gentleman. Inspiring citizens to become 'points of light' in service to others. Teaming up with a one-time political opponent to champion relief for the victims of the Asian tsunami, the Hurricane Katrina. And then, just to cap it off, well into the 80's, he decides to jump out of airplanes - because, as he explains, 'it feels good.'"