As polemic like his last press conference in Monday, was also the Medal of Freedom that leaving President George Bush decided to give to the Colombian President Álvaro Uribe, besides the former premiers of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair and of Australia, John Howard, the three of them considered his more near allies in what was his foreign policies.
The ceremony was hold in the East Room today, eight days before he ends his government to be passed to elected President Obama.
The White House press secretary, Dana Perino, said that the president was honoring these leaders for their work to improve the lives of their citizens and for their efforts to promote democracy, human rights and peace abroad.
The Medal to President Uribe has been especially an object of critics by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International plus other five American NGOs.
The organizations accuse the government of President Bush to be blind in the concern for human rights in Colombia.
President Uribe was recently awarded with the Cortés de Cádiz for Freedom Aware for same reasons, so this is the second international recognition for his acts in the pacification of his country, although many other international organizations are not fully satisfy with the situation of human rights.
Other critic to the decision of Bush to give the Medal to Uribe, Blair and Howard, is that the three supported the Iraq invasion. President Uribe was the only Latin American leader to support the American decision, although he did not send troops to join the mariners.
In his last press conference, President Bush said that one of his disappoitments was not getting the three trade bills out of Congress on Colombia, Panama and South Korea free trade agreements, words that have been criticied by journals like the Washington Post.