Barack Obama honoured former president George H.W. Bush with the Medal of Freedom today, telling him his 'humility and decency reflects the very best of the American spirit'.
Bush Snr was among 15 recipients of the honour, which is presented to those who have made valued contributions to U.S. national security, world peace, culture or other significant public or private endeavours.
Presenting the medals at a ceremony at the White House, President Obama said the recipients represented, 'the best of who we are and who we aspire to be'.
Mr Obama praised Mr Bush for his more than 70 years of service to his country, saying his life is a testament to the belief that public service is a noble calling.
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