President Donald Trump’s SOTU speech, this year was a platform for personalities to come together amongst some announcements and awards given. This annual first speech of the president to the congress was followed by presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Rush Limbaugh.
An American radio host, Rush Limbaugh is also a known conservative political commentator, an author, and a former television show host. He is best known his long running radio show “The Rush Limbaugh Show.” He has been hosting this show for 31 years now.
Limbaugh has been awarded the country’s highest civilian, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his charity work. Melania Trump placed the medal on Rush, who was visibly emotional. Since this occasion for Rush comes a day after he revealed on his talk show that he suffers from advanced lung cancer, his reaction is understood.
President Trump prefaced the award stating that that he is proud of the fact that Limbaugh receives the country’s highest civilian honor. Post the award presentation, Melania Trump sat next to Limbaugh during the State of the Union Address. He added that Rush is a man that America loves. Though he recently received his diagnosis for stage 4 cancer he is a fighter and winner. He also thanked Rush for decades of tireless devotion to the United States of America.
Limbaugh has been a Trump ally for a long time now. He has met and dined with the President at the Palm Beach golf club over holidays earlier too. In the former days during an event in the Rose Garden, the President had admired Rush for being someone who “can speak for three hours without a phone call.”
Interestingly, Limbaugh was not told about the award or was even announced as a White House guest for the State of the Union till Tuesday. However Trump, in a private lunch with the network anchors, had already expressed his interest in awarding Limbaugh with the Medal of Freedom.
According to White House, the Medal of freedom is a awarded to people who have made exceptional contributions to the security of the United states of America or who has contributed to issues related to the country’s interest, world peace, or towards any public or private endeavors