In announcing Obama's award, he said:
"As president of the United States of America, (Obama) stood with Israel in times of crisis."
"During his time as president, he has made a unique contribution to the security of the State of Israel, both through further strengthening the strategic cooperation between the countries and through the joint development of technology to defend against rockets and terrorism."
He's a "symbol of democratic values." He "exemplifies the spirit of equality of opportunity in American society."</blockquote>
Saying so turns truth on its head. Neither leader would recognize it if it bit them on their rumps.
The award replicates France's Legion of Honor, the Order of Canada, and America's Medal of Freedom.
<blockquote>In July 1945, Harry Truman authorized awarding it "to any person....who, or on after December 7, 1941, has performed a meritorious act or service which has aided the United States in the prosecution of a war against an enemy or enemies and for which an award of another United States medal or decoration is considered inappropriate."
In February 1963, Jack Kennedy ordered it replaced by the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
It's awarded "for especially meritorious contributions to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."</blockquote>
It mocks what it claims to represent. It replicates Nobel hypocrisy. War criminals are honored with disturbing regularity.
In June 2012, one war criminal honored another. Obama awarded Shimon Peres America's Presidential Medal of Freedom.
<blockquote>"The United States is fortunate to have many allies and partners around the world. Of course, one of our strongest allies, and one of our closest friends, is the State of Israel," he said.
"And no individual has done so much over so many years to build our alliance and bring our two nations closer as the leader we honor tonight - our friend, Shimon Peres."
"In him we see the essence of Israel itself - an indomitable spirit that will not be denied."</blockquote>
Twelve other recipients were honored at the same time. Madeleine Albright was one. As UN envoy and Secretary of State, she prioritized war and genocide. She believed NATO should intervene militarily regardless of international law restrictions.
She was criminally involved in America's Balkan wars. She was complicit in genocide against Iraqi civilians. She was unapologetic. She called murdering over half a million Iraqi children a small price to pay.