The Corner

Mary Who?

I have been asking whether the White House knew that Mary Robinson was a controversial pick for the Medal of Freedom or if they were caught unawares by the controversy. A source has now indicated that she was not fully vetted, but that the White House feels that backing down at this point would make things worse. Tough call. Still, there are reasons these announcements have to be researched in advance.

Tevi Troy is a presidential historian and former White House aide.

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