President George W. Bush, right, bestows the Presidential Medal of Freedom to journalist William Safire during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT000857" title="George W. Bush" href="/topic/politics/government/presidents-of-the-united-states/george-w.-bush-PEPLT000857.topic">President George W. Bush</a>, right, bestows the Presidential Medal of Freedom to journalist William Safire during a ceremony in the East Room of the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000110" title="White House" href="/topic/politics/government/executive-branch/white-house-PLCUL000110.topic">White House</a>.  The <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST000005160" title="Pulitzer Prize Awards" href="/topic/arts-culture/journalism/pulitzer-prize-awards-EVHST000005160.topic">Pulitzer Prize-winning</a> conservative columnist, language expert and former White House speechwriter died Sunday at a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100600000000" title="Maryland" href="/topic/us/maryland-PLGEO100100600000000.topic">Maryland</a> hospice at age 79.

( AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais / December 15, 2006 )

President George W. Bush, right, bestows the Presidential Medal of Freedom to journalist William Safire during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. The Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist, language expert and former White House speechwriter died Sunday at a Maryland hospice at age 79.

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