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Posted at 2:43 PM ET, 02/15/2011

Bill Russell, Stan Musial presented with Medal of Freedom

By Cindy Boren

Two Hall of Fame athletes, Bill Russell and Stan Musial, were among 15 people honored by President Barack Obama with the Medal of Freedom as "the best of who we are and who we aspire to be."

Russell played on two NCAA basketball championship teams at San Francisco, an Olympic gold-medal-winning team and 11 NBA championship teams with the Boston Celtics. He also was the first black coach in the NBA.

Musial played on three World Series-winning teams with the St. Louis Cardinals and three times was National League MVP.

Obama presented the medals, the nation's highest civilian honor, in a ceremony today at the White House. Others honored were: former President George H.W. Bush, businessman Warren Buffett, civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), German Chancellor Angela Merkel, National Resources Defense Council founder John H. Adams, poet and author Maya Angelou, artist Jasper Johns, Holocaust survivor and author Gerda Weissmann Klein, civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez, VSA founder Jean Kennedy Smith, AFL-CIO president emeritus John J. Sweeney, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Dr. Tom Little, an optometrist who was murdered while on a humanitarian mission in Afghanistan.

What other athletes are deserving of the award?

By Cindy Boren  | February 15, 2011; 2:43 PM ET
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Once again you've disappointed me President Obama. George H. bush was an incompetent boob who had not one redeeming quality AND was father to the worst dictator America has ever seen the likes of.
Plus there are some nasty rumors going around about him as a man. He deserves NOTHING, and you president Obama should be ashamed for caving in to republican special intrests.

Posted by: sammsammus | February 15, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

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