Muhammad Ali and George W. Bush Dr. Michael L. Ford 30 November 2005 President Bush has been doing his best to step all over the good opinion I formed about him in his first term of office. One of the recent fiascos was when he honored the boxer, Muhammad Ali, formerly known as Cassius Clay and 13 others with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, called "the nation's highest civilian award," on November 9th. The president praised Ali for his sports accomplishments and called him "The Greatest of All Time." The President in his ongoing confusion over followers of Islam also called him ďa man of peace.Ē Bush also did not mention Ali's very public opposition to the Vietnam War, which led the prizefighter to lose his boxing license for three years when he refused to serve in the Army. His refusal to fight was not because he was "a man of peace" but rather because his allegiance was to the stridently anti-American, anti-white organization known as the Nation of Islam, headed by the malignant minded Elijah Muhammad. Forty years ago, evaded the draft saying: "War is against the teachings of the Holy Koran. I'm not trying to dodge the draft. We are supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger [i.e., Elijah Muhammad]. We don't take part in Christian wars or wars of any unbelievers." When the President gave a draft evader the Medal of Freedom, which was created in 1945 to recognize "notable service" in World War II, he made it unfit for presentation to any loyal American who loves this country. He diminished its significance for every American who has ever received it. (I kept up with his actions back when he first embraced Islam and realized that in practice Ali was a fake then as he is now.) During the ceremony Ali, who has Parkinsonís disease did the crazy twirl with his fingers at his head toward the President. For once I agreed with Ali. The President had to be crazy to give that traitor the Medal of Freedom. Two hundred people in the room saw the gesture and nervously laughed. It is strange to me that the President would be willing to give this man the medal. Apparently he had a staff as well personal judgment failure, that is, unless they are intentionally trying to make him look stupid.
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