Gut Rumbles

November 10, 2005

I Have A Dream

Earlier today, President Bush presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to an interesting and eclectic set of personalities including Alan Greenspan, Jack Nicklaus, Aretha Franklin, Carol Burnett and Muhammad Ali.

One wonders whether the Hero of New Orleans will be in the running for next year. Wouldn't that be nice change of pace? To see someone rewarded for capable action in the face of threat as opposed to inaction/ineptness?


I'm wonderin too.
Jabbar's story inspired tha crap outta me, bein a Nawlin's native n all, but that article is not altogether accurate.
Jabbar was NOT given instruction from N.O.P.D. He commandered that bus on his own!
I was amazed. Not something that u would usually see from a "nint ward" kiddo.
God bless him. He was a true hero for his community, when little else, in the form of help, was there.

Posted by: Lil Toni on November 10, 2005 12:50 AM

FROM "Wikipedia": The Presidential Medal of Freedom is one of the two highest civilian awards in the United States, considered the equivalent of the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. It is designed to recognize individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, or to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

It was established by President Harry Truman in 1945 to honor service during World War II.

I cant see how any of these aforementioned people qualified....(and I like Carol, and I think Ali was a great boxer) But honestly...give me a break.

Posted by: Ruth on November 10, 2005 12:24 PM

I also think Jabbar was a real hero of the NOLA disaster and was outraged when he was being called a renegade and arrested. Last I heard he was facing charges for larceny, while those three white boys from UNC were getting all this praise and press attention for stealing press passes and evacutating a dozen or so people.

I blogged a lot about Jabbar but have been unable to find out if the charges against him were ever dropped or what became of him. If anybody knows what happened to him I would be much obliged if you would post it. I'd love to follow up on that story with some good news about the outcome.

Posted by: Libby on November 10, 2005 01:25 PM

Something needed doing, he figured out how, and DID it. No whining. And kept stopping and picking people up. AND made it first to Houston ahead of the "official" buses. The kid does deserve a medal.

Posted by: Maggie45 on November 11, 2005 12:39 AM
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