Presidential Citizens Medal

Presidential Citizens Medal

The Presidential Citizens Medal is an award bestowed by the President of the United States. It is the second highest civilian award in the United States, second only to the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Established on November 13, 1969, it recognizes individuals “who [have] performed exemplary deeds or services for his or her country or fellow citizens.” The award is only eligible to United States citizens, and may be awarded posthumously.


PBO Presidential Citizens Medal
On February 15th President Obama will award  the Presidential Citizens Medals to the following people:

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton (Boston, Massachusetts)

Adam Burke (Jacksonville, Florida)

Mary Jo Copeland (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Michael Dorman (Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina)

Maria Gomez (Washington, DC)

Pamela Green Jackson (Albany, Georgia)

Janice Jackson (Baltimore, Maryland)

Patience Lehrman (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Jeanne Manford  (Queens, NY)

Billy Mills (Fair Oaks, California)

Terry Shima (Gaithersburg, Maryland)

Harris Wofford (Washington D.C.)

Rachel Davino, Dawn Hochsprung, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, and Victoria Soto (Newtown, Connecticut) Awarded a Posthumous Presidential Citizens Medal 


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  1. WH

    Friday, February 15, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:30 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    10:00 AM
    President Obama will host President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy
    Oval Office

    11:00 AM
    11:10 AM
    President Obama’s presentation of the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal to their recipients – East Room

    12:00 PM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

    1:00 PM
    President Obama arrives Chicago, Illinois

    Chicago O’Hare International Airport

    2:00 PM
    2:45 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks highlighting the economic plans of his State of the Union speech at Hyde Park Academy
    Chicago, IL

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    President Obama departs Chicago, Illinois
    Chicago O’Hare International Airport

    Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest will gaggle aboard Air Force One

    5:00 PM
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    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    President Obama arrives and spends the weekend on vacation
    West Palm Beach, FL

    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    Vice President Biden and family, First Lady Michelle and her daughters depart for a weekend vacation in Colorado

  2. Presidential Citizens Medal

    The Presidential Citizens Medal is an award bestowed by the President of the United States. It is the second highest civilian award in the United States, second only to the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Established on November 13, 1969, it recognizes individuals “who [have] performed exemplary deeds or services for his or her country or fellow citizens.” The award is only eligible to United States citizens, and may be awarded posthumously.


    • February 08, 2013

      President Obama to Honor Recipients of the 2012 Citizens Medal

      Recipients from across the country will visit the White House to receive Presidential award for exemplary service to their fellow citizens

      WASHINGTON, DC – On February 15, 2013, President Obama will welcome to the White House the recipients of the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor.

      “It is my distinguished honor to award these individuals the 2012 Citizens Medal for their commitment to public service,” said President Obama. “Their selflessness and courage inspire us all to look for opportunities to better serve our communities and our country.”

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    • Obama to honor teachers, administrators slain at Sandy Hook

      2/5/13 4:01 PM EST By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

      President Obama will award posthumous Presidential Citizens Medals to the teachers and administrators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary.

      He will present the medals Feb. 15 at a White House ceremony with surviving family members, a White House official tells POLITICO.

      The medals are the second highest civilian honor bestowed by the U.S. government and are given to “citizens of the United States of America who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.”

      Among the recipients are Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung, psychologist Mary Sherlach, and teachers Rachel D’Avino, Anne Murphy, Lauren Rousseau and Victoria Soto. All were gunned down Dec. 14 while trying to protect the children in their care.

    • The 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal: Informing the recipients

      Published on Feb 8, 2013

      Members of the White House Office of Public Engagement place calls to inform the recipients o the 2012 Citizens Medal that they will be receiving the honor. The ceremony will be on Friday February 15th, and you can learn more about the award at

  3. Asteroid 2012 DA14 To Pass Very Close to the Earth on
    February 15, 2013

    Paul Chodas and Don Yeomans
    NASA/JPL Near-Earth Object Program Office
    February 1, 2013

    The small near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass very close to the Earth on February 15, 2013, so close that it will pass inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites. NASA’s NEO Program Office can accurately predict the asteroid’s path with the observations obtained, and it is therefore known that there is no chance that the asteroid might be on a collision course with the Earth. Nevertheless, the flyby will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to study a near-Earth object up close.

    Asteroid 2012 DA14 will be closest to Earth on February 15, 2013 at about 19:24 GMT (2:24 p.m. EST or 11:24 a.m. PST), when it will be at a distance of about 27,700 kilometers (17,200 miles) above the Earth’s surface. This is so close that the asteroid will actually pass inside the ring of geosynchronous satellites, which is located about 35,800 kilometers (22,200 miles) above the equator, but still well above the vast majority of satellites, including the International Space Station. At its closest, the asteroid will be only about 1/13th of the distance to the Moon. The asteroid will fly by our planet quite rapidly, at a speed of about 7.8 kilometers/second (17,400 miles/hour) in a south-to-north direction with respect to the Earth.

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    A View of an Astroid DA14

    For details about the Earth flyby of 2012 DA14:

    When: February 15, 2013 @ 2:24 PM EST

    Best View: Night skies of Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia. The Sun will obscure it in the United States.

    Asteroid’s Point of View:

    Asteroid Hunters video:


    • Asteroid 2012 DA14 to Safely Pass Earth

      Published on Feb 4, 2013

      The flyby of asteroid 2012 DA14 on Feb. 15, 2013, will be the closest known approach to Earth for an object its size.

  4. January 30, 2013

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Italian President Napolitan

    On Friday, February 15, President Obama will host President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy in the Oval Office. President Napolitano will soon conclude his term in office, following a long and distinguished career of service to Italy, a close ally and friend of the United States. The President looks forward to welcoming President Napolitano to pay a farewell call and further reinforce the strong and enduring bonds between our two countries.

  5. Obama to speak at Hyde Park Academy on Friday

    February 13, 2013 1:56 PM By Lynn Sweet – runtimes

    WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama will speak at the Hyde Park Academy on Friday, returning home to push his second-term economic agenda and curbs on gun violence just a few blocks from his Kenwood home–and not far from where 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was gunned down on Jan. 29.

    Obama makes the afternoon trip at the school, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., as the last of a three-city swing to bolster the plans he discussed in his Tuesday night State of the Union Address. Today Obama is in Asheville, N.C. and tomorrow he is in the Atlanta area.

    On Friday, White House senior officials have said Obama wants to talk about the “ladders of opportunity” programs outlined in his State of the Union Address. But the overwhelming interest in Chicago is what he will say about gun violence.

    Obama took note of the Pendleton murder in his Tuesday address when he said she was killed about a mile from his home. Her parents, Cleopatra and Nate, watched as Obama spoke, sitting next to First Lady Michelle.

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  6. Thanks for this, CR. There will not be a dry eye watching when PBO awards those medals posthumously to the teachers and administrators who were killed at Sandy Hook trying to protect the children in their care.

  7. West Wing Week: 02/15/13 or “You’re a Hero”

    Published on Feb 14, 2013

    This week, the President delivered the first State of the Union address of his second term, and then brought his proposals to factories in North Carolina and a school in Georgia, presided over a Medal of Honor ceremony, honored the outgoing Secretary of Defense, and hungout on Google Plus.

  8. Factories in New York-Area Expanded Unexpectedly in February

    Feb 15, 2013 5:49 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Manufacturing in the New York region unexpectedly expanded in February, indicating the area’s factories are emerging from a slump that began in August.

    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s general economic index climbed to 10, the highest since May 2012 and exceeding the highest forecast in a Bloomberg survey, from minus 7.8 in January. The median projection called for minus 2. Readings of less than zero signal contraction in New York, northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut.

    Gains in orders, sales and employment during the month show manufacturing is starting to recover from a slowdown in the second half of 2012 after companies brought inventories more in line with demand. Sustained consumer spending and a pickup in equipment purchases by businesses will probably help fuel production gains and complement improvement in the housing market.

    “Now that the economy has weathered numerous shocks well, from Europe to Japan back to Europe and the fiscal cliff, confidence is going to grow and you’ll start to see inventory positions improve,” said Joseph LaVorgna, chief U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in New York, whose forecast of 5 was the closest in the Bloomberg survey. “We could be in the early stages of what’s a more meaningful long-term manufacturing revival.”

    Stock-index futures erased losses after the report. The contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in March rose less than 0.1 percent to 1,519 at 8:46 a.m. in New York. The index had declined as much as 0.3 percent.

    Estimates in the Bloomberg survey of 50 economists for the February data ranged from minus 7 to a reading of 5.

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  9. U.S. Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index Rose to 76.3 in February

    Feb 15, 2013 6:55 AM PT By Jeanna Smialek – bloomberg

    The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary February index of consumer sentiment rose to 76.3 from 73.8 the prior month. The gauge was projected to rise to 74.8, according to the median forecast in a Bloomberg survey.

    Estimates of the 65 economists surveyed ranged from 70 to 78. The index averaged 64.2 during the last recession, and 89 in the five years before the 18-month economic slump that ended in June 2009.

    • February 15, 2013

      Remarks by President Obama and President Napolitano Before Bilateral Meeting

      Oval Office

      10:10 A.M. EST

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I want to extend the warmest greetings to my good friend, President Napolitano, on a return visit to the White House. I think it’s entirely appropriate the day after Valentine’s Day, since we know that St. Valentine was associated with Italy, that we had a chance to express our love for the Italian people and my high regard for President Napolitano.

      He has been an extraordinary leader not just in Italy but also in Europe. We’ve had occasion to meet many times in which we have expressed again and again the importance of the transatlantic relationship, and the deep and abiding friendship and connection and bond between the Italian people and the American people.

      And obviously, we have constantly talked about the extraordinary connection that derives from the tradition of Italian-Americans making enormous contributions to the United States. President Napolitano has been so gracious in talking about his memories of the role that America played in liberating Europe and instituting the kinds of democratic practices and traditions that have served both sides of the Atlantic so well for so many years.

      I want to thank the people of Italy for their enormous contributions to the NATO Alliance. Italy is one of our biggest contributors in Afghanistan, and makes enormous sacrifices. They welcome and host our troops on Italian soil. The economic bonds between our two countries are very significant. And in all this, President Napolitano has shown himself to be a visionary leader who has helped to guide and steer Europe towards greater unification, but always with a strong transatlantic relationship in mind.

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    • February 15, 2013

      Remarks by the President at Presentation of 2012 Presidential Citizens Medals

      East Room

      11:30 A.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, everybody. Please, please have a seat. Well, it is a pleasure to welcome some of our nation’s finest citizens here to the people’s house. And let me be the first to congratulate each of you and your family members for the receipt of the highest honor a civilian can receive –- the Citizens Medal.

      We host a lot of events at the White House but I have to admit this is one of my favorites, because it’s a moment when, as a people, we get to recognize some extraordinary men and women who have gone above and beyond for their country and for their fellow citizens — often without fanfare; often with not a lot of attention; very rarely for any profit. You do it because it’s the right thing to do, because you want to give back. And today, we honor you. We celebrate you. And, most of all, we have a chance to say thank you. Because all of us are what the rest of us aspire to be.

      In America, we have the benefit of living in this big and diverse nation. We’re home to 315 million people who come from every background, who worship every faith, who hold every single point of view. But what binds us together, what unites us is a single sacred word: citizen.

      It’s a word that, as I said in my State of the Union Address, doesn’t just describe our nationality or our legal status, the fact that we hold a passport. It defines our way our life. It captures our belief in something bigger than ourselves — our willingness to accept certain obligations to one another, and to embrace the idea that we’re all in this together; that out of many, we are one. It’s the thing that Tocqueville noticed about America when he first came to visit — these folks participate, they get involved, they have a point of view; they don’t just wait for somebody else to do something, they go out there and do it, and they join and they become part of groups and they mobilize and they organize.

      That’s who we are, that’s in our DNA. That’s what it means to be a citizen of the United States of America. We’ve all got busy lives. We’ve got bills to pay. We’ve got kids to carpool, errands to get done. And in the midst of all the running around, it would be easy — and even understandable — for folks to just focus on themselves, to worry about our own lives, to look down the street and see a neighbor in need and say, “I’d like to help but I’ve got problems of my own.” To look across town at a community that’s in despair and say, “That’s just too big a challenge for us to be able to take on.”

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    • Open for Questions: The State of the Union and Reducing Gun Violence

      Published on Feb 15, 2013

      In a virtual Q&A live from the White House, Bruce Reed, Chief of Staff to Vice President Biden, answers questions submitted by citizens via Twitter, Google+ and Facebook about the President’s plan to reduce gun violence.

    • President Obama Speaks on Strengthening the Economy for the Middle Class

      Published on Feb 15, 2013

      President Obama discusses the plan he laid out in the State of the Union to strengthen communities and families, and make sure every American and every community willing to do the work has the opportunity to lift themselves up. February 15, 2013.

    • Obama to meet with at-risk Chicago teens

      2/15/13 2:18 PM EST By JENNIFER EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

      CHICAGO – President Obama will meet with a small group of young men Friday afternoon to discuss their role in preventing gun violence before he speaks on the subject at Hyde Park Academy here.

      Obama will sit down with 16 students from the school enrolled in a youth anti-violence program for at-risk young men, principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said aboard Air Force One en route here.

      “The group is a mix of students who have voluntarily joined this program and those who’ve been urged by their principal to join,” Earnest said. “As the president has often said in the past, there are important steps we can take as a country to keep guns out of the wrong hands and get weapons off war off the streets.”

      Obama will again talk about guns here Friday, but also the broader issues that lead to violence. “It’s up to parents, teachers, principals, neighbors, and communities as a whole to make a difference in the lives of our young people and steer them away from a life of gang violence and towards the classroom,” Earnest said.

      Donovan Slack contributed to this report.

    • Open For Questions: The State of the Union and Immigration Reform

      Published on Feb 15, 2013

      In a virtual Q&A live from the White House, Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, answers questions submitted by citizens via Twitter, Google+ and Facebook about the President’s plans for immigration reform.

  10. Hey CR. Thanks for listing the citizen medal awards. I had been looking for all of the names. Enjoy your holiday weekend.

  11. WH

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing while on his weekend vacation
    Palm Springs, FL

    Vice President Biden and family are on their weekend vacation in SnowmassCO

    First Lady Michelle and her daughters are on their weekend vacation in Aspen, CO

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  12. Obama to vacation in Palm Beach

    2/13/13 4:51 PM EST By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    President Obama will be enjoying a little R and R — and no doubt some golf — this weekend during a vacation in West Palm Beach.

    The White House says he will leave Friday and he has no public events scheduled during the trip.

    The Presidents’ Day getaway to one of the playgrounds of the rich and famous comes just days after he delivered his State of the Union address focused on the plight of the middle class.

    • First lady, vice president expected to visit over weekend

      February 14, 2013 Aspen Daily News Staff Report

      First lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are expected to visit the Aspen area over the holiday weekend, according to sources.

      It is unclear who they will be traveling with and few details were available about the trips, other than Biden is expected to be staying in Snowmass Village, according to sources familiar with the visit who asked not to be identified.

      Last year, Obama came to Aspen over the President’s Day Weekend with her daughters for a ski vacation. She reportedly stayed at the home of Jim and Paula Crown, owners of the Aspen Skiing Co. The Obama family skied Buttermilk, where the Crowns own a home.

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  13. February 16, 2013

    Weekly Address: Following the President’s Plan for a Strong Middle Class

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    As Prepared for Delivery
    The White House

    February 16, 2013

    Hi, everybody. This week, I’ve been traveling across the country – from North Carolina to Georgia to here at Hyde Park Academy in my hometown of Chicago – talking with folks about the important task I laid out in my State of the Union Address: reigniting the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.

    Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions: How do we bring good jobs to America? How do we equip people with the skills those jobs require? And how do we make sure your hard work leads to a decent living?

    I believe all that starts by making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing. After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. What we need to do now is simple. We need to accelerate that trend. We need to launch manufacturing hubs across the country that will transform hard-hit regions into global centers of high-tech jobs and manufacturing. We need to make our tax code more competitive, ending tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, and rewarding companies that create jobs here at home. And we need to invest in the research and technology that will allow us to harness more of our own energy and put more people back to work repairing our crumbling roads and bridges.

    These steps will help our businesses expand and create new jobs. But we also need to provide every American with the skills and training they need to fill those jobs. Let’s start in the earliest years by offering high-quality preschool to every child in America, because we know kids in these programs do better throughout their lives. Let’s redesign our high schools so that our students graduate with skills that employers are looking for right now. And because taxpayers can’t continue to subsidize the soaring cost of higher education, I’ve called on Congress to take affordability and value into account when determining which colleges receive certain types of federal aid.

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