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Please return that Presidential Medal of Freedom, Mrs. Robinson

Remember the flap last August over President Obama awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Ireland’s Mary Robinson, who presided over the UN’s Durban anti-Israel “human rights” conference? To Obama, this was a Mary Robinson feature, not a Mary Robinson bug.

It appears that Mrs. Robinson has a thing for teenage boys:

N. Ireland’s first lady in teen-sex flap
By RITA DELFINER
Posted: 3:42 AM, January 12, 2010
And to think her name is actually Mrs. Robinson.

Northern Ireland’s first lady, Iris Robinson, is in the midst of an international scandal for acting more like Mrs. Robinson in the movie “The Graduate” — enjoying a steamy affair with a boy toy 40 years her junior — than as a lawmaker who up until last week staunchly defend family values in Parliament.

The 60-year-old seductress — who is married to Peter Robinson, Northern Ireland’s First Minister — once grabbed headlines for referring to homosexuality as worse than child abuse.

Now, the press has embarrassingly dubbed her the “Celtic Cougar” for having sex with the then-19-year-old son of her former butcher.

The sizzling scandal forced the mother of three and grandmother of two to step down from her Parliament seat last week — and her husband yesterday to announce he was taking a six-week leave of absence from his post, in part to care for his flailing wife.

Back to Obama’s award. Ambassador John Bolton wrote this for the Wall Street Journal:

OPINION AUGUST 10, 2009, 7:25 P.M. ET
Mary Robinson’s Medal of Freedom
Anti-Americanism and anti-Israel activism win Obama’s approbation.
By JOHN BOLTON
Barack Obama’s decision to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Mary Robinson has generated unexpected but emotionally charged opposition. Appointed by then-U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan as high commissioner for human rights in 1997-2002, Ms. Robinson had a controversial but ineffective tenure. (Previously, she was president of Ireland, a ceremonial position.)

Criticism of Mr. Obama’s award, to be officially bestowed tomorrow, has centered on Ms. Robinson’s central organizing role as secretary general of the 2001 “World Conference Against Racism” in Durban, South Africa. Instead of concentrating on its purported objectives, Durban was virulently anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and at least implicitly anti-American.

So vile was the conference’s draft declaration that Secretary of State Colin Powell correctly called it “a throwback to the days of ‘Zionism equals racism,’” referring to the infamous 1975 U.N. General Assembly resolution to that effect. President George W. Bush (whose father led the 1991 campaign that repealed the U.N.’s “Zionism is a form of racism” resolution) unhesitatingly agreed when Mr. Powell recommended the U.S. delegation leave the Durban conference rather than legitimize the outcome.

Ms. Robinson didn’t see it that way then, and she has shown no remorse since. In late 2002, she described Durban’s outcome as “remarkably good, including on the issues of the Middle East.”

Israel Matzav said this at the time:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Mary Robinson: Obama’s choice
In this post, I discussed whether Medal of Freedom recipient Mary Robinson was not properly vetted by the White House, or whether choosing her was a deliberate act by the Obama administration. Jennifer Rubin supplies a strong argument that President Obama deliberately chose Mary Robinson.
Neither Durban nor Robinson’s UN tenure is incidental to her career. Moreover, her rhetoric and outlook bear an uncanny resemblance to the approach taken by the Obama administration. Obama is full of invective and regret for America’s actions—be they in the war on terror or in our historic record of dealing with Iran and Central America. As for human-rights outrages in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, or China, he has been largely, if not entirely, mute. No wonder Robinson was selected.

The “poor vetting” issue was raised, but that was before Van Jones. Obama knew Mary Robinson’s record and he chose her for it.

From Wikipedia:

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is a decoration bestowed by the President of the United States and is, along with the equivalent Congressional Gold Medal bestowed by an act of U.S. Congress, the highest civilian award in the U.S. It recognizes those individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” The award is not limited to U.S. citizens and, while it is a civilian award, it can also be awarded to military personnel and worn on the uniform.

An anti-Semitic sex pervert wins Obama’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. Wonderful. How about giving the Presidential Medal of Freedom to–let me think–Navy Seals who capture dangerous terrorists? Or how about the citizens who are bravely fighting for freedom in Iran? Crazy, huh?

Care to comment on Mary Robinson now, President Obama?

Must this president continue to devalue our nation and all it stands for?