— article and photos by Bonnie Squires
The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia held another one of its world-class events last week, as Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received the Liberty Medal before an audience of 1,300 people.
The medal honors men and women of courage and conviction, who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe. Secretary Clinton was recognized for her advocacy of women’s rights and human rights around the globe.
More after the jump.
(Left to right) Bill Sasso, Esq., Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Jeffrey Rosen, CEO of the National Constitution Center, each praised Hillary for her life-long activities for the common good.
ABC News Anchor and Correspondent Elizabeth Vargas served as the mistress of ceremonies, and presenters included:
- Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, chairman of the National Constitution Center’s Board of Trustees;
- Dr. Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania and National Constitution Center Trustee;
- Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter;
- No Labels Co-Founder Mark McKinnon;
- Journalist and Human Rights Advocate Roxana Saberi; and
- National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen, who presented the medal to Secretary Clinton.
Appearing in video tributes during the ceremony were:
- Former British Prime Minister and previous Liberty Medal recipient Tony Blair;
- Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan;
- tennis legend Billie Jean King;
- actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen;
- News Political Commentator Cokie Roberts, and
- other friends, sponsors and dignitaries.
Governor Bush and Secretary Clinton were both gracious in their remarks about each other, even though it is possible that in 2016 each of them will represent their respective political parties in the presidential election.
Dr. Amy Gutmann, Penn president, who chaired the Liberty Medal selection committee, gave a rousing speech about Hillary Cllinton’s accomplishments in gaining equality for women and minorities around the world. Gutmann also got excited when she predicted that Clinton would become the first woman president of the U.S.
(Left to right) Marciarose Shestack, Bob Rovner, Esq., Commissioner Josh Shapiro and his wife Lori Shapiro, and Bill Sasso, Esq., host of the reception.
(Left to right) Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, Tom Knox and Anne Ewers, CEO of the Kimmel Center, joined hundreds of guests at the President’s Reception.
(Left to right) Sandy and Steve Sheller, Esq., were delighted to talk with former Governr Ed Rendell.
(Left to right Patrons Barbara and Len Sylk are joined by Diane Semingson.
Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler speaks to her friend Dr. Afaf Meleis, dean of the Penn School of of Nursing.