Biden to present George W. Bush, Laura Bush with Liberty Medal
Former Vice President Joe Biden will award former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal for their “commitment to veterans,” the center announced Wednesday.
The medal is awarded annually “to men and women of courage and conviction who have strived to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe,” according to the center’s website.
Biden, the chair of the National Constitution Center’s board of trustees, will present the award at a ceremony next month at the center’s headquarters in Philadelphia.
— National Constitution Center (@ConstitutionCtr) October 10, 2018
The medal was first administered in 2006 to former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton for their bipartisan efforts to aid victims of natural disaster in Southeast Asia and the Gulf Coast.
Other recipients include former anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, education activist Malala Yousafzai and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Seven recipients of the medal have subsequently won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Biden is currently mulling a 2020 presidential run. Should he launch a bid he is expected to join a crowded Democratic field looking for a chance to go up against President Trump.