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Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Mazal Tov to Norman Podhoretz

Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House today
From Jewish Current Issues
Son of an immigrant milkman, in a family that was dirt poor, Podhoretz famously wrote that "One of the longest journeys in the world is the journey from Brooklyn to Manhattan."

His journey from left to right was longer still. He became the editor of Commentary at age 30 -- and immediately took the magazine straight to the left. In the early 60s, he became one of the patrons of the New Left.

By the beginning of the next decade, he became one of the founders of Neoconservatism -- and sustained and expanded that movement through the sheer intellectual force of his writing.
Read it all, and more from the White House.