…this didn’t get a lot of press. ‘Way back on 4 January, two weeks before he was to leave office, (now ex-) President Barack Obama (D) ordered allowed his Defense Secretary, Ash Carter, to award him the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.
Carter claimed that the award was
a token of appreciation for his service as commander in chief.
Of course it was.
An honorable man, concerned about undue command influence, appearances of impropriety, and a host of other ethical considerations that surround such a ceremony and such an award, would never have asked for this, nor would he have agreed to it if offered, nor would he have accepted it if awarded anyway.