President George W. Bush:

"I am honored to accept this medal* commemorating three and a half centuries of Jewish life in America.  I consider it a high honor to have been invited to celebrate with you."  

 *OFFICIAL MEDAL-Issued on the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the first Jewish settlers in New Amsterdam, New York.  Features the words of George Washington, including the famous statement that "A Government which to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance."  Medal also has inscribed Leviticus 25:10: "Proclaim liberty throughout the land."   

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