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Submitted by Carolyn Barnett (United States), Nov 29, 2005 at 19:07

While I do not think this is the low point of the Bush Presidency, it ,certainly, was a pathetic choice and display of some of the awardees. Ali has been overrated for many, many years, and it was, indeed, uncomfortable to see what transpired with both Ali and Aretha Franklin. She, also, never was, what she was, and is, promoted to be. To say, as Bush did, that she changed the course of music is ludicrous. America has had many, many gifted singers, and she is not one of first rank- in reality- nor is her personal and professional record of behaviour exemplary.

When our standards are so diminished, it degrades our society on several levels. To place her on the same plateau as Alan Greenspan blatantly demonstrates the contrast. One wonders, on so many levels, who is advising Bush both politically and with hard knowledge for background. With the obvious contentiousness resulting from instituting changes in the CIA and the FBI, the State Department, and the Defense Department, how can he, or any of us, trust he is receiving the intelligence and advice he requires ?

These awards ,again, cast doubt on how he is being advised.
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