Biden will posthumously award Steve Jobs the Presidential Medal of Freedom

The US government has no higher award to recognize a civilian’s achievements than the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Awarded at the discretion of the Commander-in-Chief, the MoF celebrates “a particularly meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural, or other significant public or private endeavor.” President Biden on Friday announced his administration’s first list of MoF recipients, a list that includes former Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

President Biden’s nominees for this number 17 award bracket. They include such luminaries as Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, retired Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, gold star father Khizr Khan, former US Senator John McCain (posthumously), former President of the AFL CIO Richard Trumka (posthumously) and clearly the group’s most deserving recipient, Denzel Washington.

The MoF has been recognized only 647 times since its inception by President Kennedy in 1963, and of those, only 26 have been awarded “with honors.” The awards will be presented at the White House on July 7, 2022.

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