Congratulations Safire

William Safire receives his Presidential Medal of Freedom today.

The bio put out by the White House:

    William Safire
    As a journalist, speechwriter, columnist, author, and lexicographer, William Safire has distinguished himself as one of our country’s most talented writers and commentators. Using the power of prose, he has educated our citizenry, polished our language, and vigorously defended human freedom. His work has earned him the recognition of his peers, including the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary, and has elevated debate on issues of the day. The United States honors William Safire for his uncompromising commitment to his craft and to strengthening our democracy.