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Ben Carson George W. Bush Presidential Medal of Freedom

Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

19 Jun, 2008

US President George W. Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom on June 19, 2008 to Benjamin Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon and director of pediatric surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland during ceremonies at the White House in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, recognizes exceptional meritorious service.  AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 81530484Carson is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush at the White House. The medal is the country’s highest award for civilians. Carson:

I am humbled by President Bush’s recognition of my work. I am extremely grateful that he chose to honor me not only for my work as a neurosurgeon, but also for my efforts to improve the lives of America’s youth. I am blessed to have the opportunity to pursue both paths, which I consider equally important.