Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, September 3, 2013
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to receivethe National Constitution Center’s 2013 Liberty Medal Tuesday, but it is who’s presenting her the award that is causing the most controversy.
The potential 2016 presidential candidate will receive the honor from none other than former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who could very well end up as her Republican counterpart in the general election. A Monmouth University pollconducted at the end of July has Clinton leading Bush by 10 points in a head-to-head match, 47 percent to 37 percent.
Bush, who has been out of elected office since 2008, is the current chair of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Past chairs include his father, former President George H.W. Bush, and former President Bill Clinton.
According to the National Constitution Center’s website, Clinton will receive the 2013 Liberty Medal “in recognition of her lifelong career in public service and her ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of women and girls around the globe.”
Incidentally, she will receive it on the eve of the first anniversary of the most controversial incident during her term as Secretary of State – the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Several Congressional hearings, including the testimony of several whistleblowers back in May, have investigated whether Clinton’s office left the embassy vulnerable to attack in the months beforehand. Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, were killed in an attack on the consulate on September 11, 2012.
The Independence Hall Foundation, a new organization affiliated with the Independence Hall Tea Party Association, plans on protesting Clinton’s acceptance of the Liberty Medal by hosting a press conference outside the National Constitution Center Tuesday afternoon. The press conference, which will be hosted by local conservative talk radio host Dom Giordano, will be followed by a prayer vigil for the victims of the Benghazi attack and the announcement of the recipient(s) of the 2013 Defender of Liberty Medal.
This is not the first award Clinton has received this year for her career in public service. The former first lady was honored with the Pacific Council on International Policy’s inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award onthe same day that Congress heard testimony from several Benghazi whistleblowers.