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WASHINGTON _ The Rev. Jesse Jackson received a hug and the highest civilian honor in the land Wednesday from President Clinton, the man who confided in Jackson during the darkest hours of his presidency.
"He has walked the walk of freedom," Clinton said of Jackson at a White House ceremony awarding 15 Americans the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their common work in "securing the blessings of liberty."
"The cause of justice has no greater co-worker than Jesse Jackson," Clinton said.
Jackson pumped his fist when First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton mentioned his "proud son," U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill. Jackson Sr. said he wished his own father had been there to see the ceremony but was happy to accept the honor.
"There was a certain silent joy in my heart," Jackson said about the moment he learned he would receive the award.
Former U.S. Sen. Paul …