Harper Lee is the newest recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, making her just as important as Pope John Paul II, in the eyes of our nation. The question now is, will Ms. Lee actually say anything on the occasion of the award ceremony? She is notoriously tight-lipped and reclusive, and I think I know why. Here, from my blog’s infancy on MySpace is the inside story.
On a side note, the website of the Medal of Freedom has a good picture of George and Laura with the Pope. The Notable Recipients section is especially amusing. According to this list, Nelson Mandela is an African American, which is apparently a more fitting description than “Recipients Who Were Politicians.” Maybe because he is still a politician? Julia Child gets her own bullet point on this list, which makes her better than Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, and Henry Kissinger, but the same as Edward Teller. Where does Harper Lee fall? We’ll have to wait until the government gets around to updating the website. From the looks of things, it’s been a couple years since the last update so we shouldn’t have too long to wait.