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Obama Awards Medal of Freedom to Democratic Socialists of America Chair

President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday to Dolores Huerta. The 82-year-old Huerta is also an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America.

Huerta has claimed, “Republicans hate Latinos,” and has spoken fondly of Hugo Chavez’s despotic regime in Venezuela. Some of her more radical comments were captured in this audio clip:


The president said many of the recipients had had a personal effect on his life.

She also, Obama noted, coined the slogan “Si, se puede” (“Yes, we can”).

“Dolores was very gracious when I told her I had stolen her slogan,” he said.

You can verify her chair here: http://www.dsausa.org/about/structure.html

More Reading: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-medals-20120530,0,7368860.story

More Reading: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/05/29/obama-awards-medal-of-freedom-to-democratic-socialists-of-america-chair/

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was also among the 12 people presented with the medal Tuesday. Former Justice Department civil rights lawyer John Doar, epidemiologist William Foege, novelist Toni Morrison, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and college basketball coach Pat Summitt also received the award.

Gordon Hirabayashi, who fought against the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II; Jan Karski, an officer in the Polish underground in the war; and Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts, were honored posthumously.

Israeli President Shimon Peres will also receive the award, but it will be presented at a dinner in June.

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