When a POTUS presents a Medal of Freedom it is a reflection of how he looks at the world. Donald Trump is being criticized for wanting to honor Elvis, who should be honored.
The way he honored The Babe, was great.
Let’s face it, he covered it all.
“…Presley dominated American music and culture for decades, selling more than a billion records and starring in 31 films in a period of peak fame that coincided with Mr. Trump’s teenage years and young adulthood. He will be forever linked to another Republican president, Richard M. Nixon, because of the famous picture of the two shaking hands in 1970 that is among the most popular at the National Archives.
When Mr. Trump got to him, the president listened as a clip was played from one of Presley’s gospel songs, “How Great Thou Art,” and noted that he had personally added the song to the program. He said he had once seen Presley perform in Las Vegas, and recalled hearing an announcer say “Elvis has left the house.”
Celebrities have long been part of the awards: Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Aretha Franklin and Bruce Springsteen are among recent winners. Robert De Niro was honored by Mr. Obama, a year before the actor had some unprintable words for Mr. Trump. Some recipients, like Mother Teresa and Norman Rockwell, were the safest of safe choices.
But Mr. Trump chose to go far back in time in choosing both Presley, who died in 1977, and Ruth, the Yankees slugger who has been dead longer than all but one other previous recipient, Mr. Kopko said. Mr. Trump was 2 when Ruth died, in 1948.
A man of many nicknames, “the Babe,” “the Bambino” and “the Sultan of Swat,” and perhaps the most famous baseball player, George Herman Ruth Jr. led the Yankees to seven American League pennants and four World Series championships. He was a prodigious fund-raiser for World War II causes. Mr. Trump said Ruth “raised money and raised hell” and said that was perhaps why the honor was so long in coming.…”