THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
The following is the text of the citation for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which the President will present to George Mitchell:
Throughout his extraordinary career, George Mitchell has strived to make real his vision of public service: "to act for the larger and common good." Born of immigrant roots in his beloved Maine, he learned early the importance of hard work and devotion to family. As a prosecutor, judge, United States Senator and Majority Leader, he kept faith with those values and displayed a deep love of country and commitment to justice. As a determined and creative international statesman, he was instrumental in forging the historic Good Friday peace accord for Northern Ireland. For his outstanding service, both at home and abroad, George Mitchell deserves our lasting gratitude.
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