Presidential Medals of Freedom
And the go to: General Tommy Franks, Ambassador Paul Bremer, and former DCI George Tenet.
Posting at OTB, James Joyner can see the first two, but Tenet he doesn't get: "He was the guy who said Saddam's ongoing WMD program was a 'slam dunk.' Why he would get a medal for that is beyond me."
Reflecting, it might be that the President genuinely likes the guy, or at least felt that he got a bad break from the disingenuous, partisan MSM, mostly because he was part of Bush's team. The President demands loyalty, so it makes sense that he would reward it.
And it never hurts to thumb your nose at the press corps which could not drum you out of office.
I would still like such an award to go to Gerard Schwarz.