Lugar Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Obama presented former Senator Richard Lugar with the medal during a ceremony at the White House today.

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Photo: Richard Lugar (Flickr)

Former Indiana senator Richard Lugar has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Former senator Richard Lugar has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. President Obama presented Lugar with the medal November 20 during a ceremony at the White House.

“Dick Lugar has served America for more than half a century, from a young Navy lieutenant to a respected leader in the United States Senate,” Obama said. “His legacy is the thousands of missiles, and bombers, and submarines and warheads that no longer threaten us.”

Obama also thanked Lugar for “taking him under his wing,” including taking him to the Soviet Union as Cold War missiles were destroyed. The president said Lugar’s decency and his commitment to bipartisan problem-solving should stand as a model for public service.

Lugar represented Indiana in the United States Senate from 1977 to 2013.

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

Jashin Lin

Jashin Lin is a reporter/videographer for WFIU and WTIU news. She has previously worked as a videographer/web producer for MO.gov and as a reporter/videographer for the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She studied multimedia journalism and information technology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. You can follow her on Twitter @jashinlin.

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  • Fish

    This man was one of the few moderate Republicans left in government. The fact that a complete tool like Richard Mourdock could beat him in a primary shows that our primary system needs to be changed. Open primaries would allow the best candidates to be selected, not the best syncophants.

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