Wednesday, November 16, 2016

2016 Presidential Medal Of Freedom Honorees Include Ellen, Springsteen & De Niro


Via press release from the White House:

Today, President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards will be presented at the White House on November 22th.

President Obama said, "The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation's highest civilian honor - it's a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better. From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way."

Among the honorees are openly gay Ellen DeGeneres, and two of Donald Trump's biggest critics - Robert De Niro and Bruce Springsteen.

Here's the full list:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Elouise Cobell (posthumous)
Ellen DeGeneres
Robert De Niro
Richard Garwin
Bill and Melinda Gates
Frank Gehry
Margaret H. Hamilton
Tom Hanks
Grace Hopper (posthumous)
Michael Jordan
Maya Lin
Lorne Michaels
Newt Minow
Eduardo PadrĂ³n
Robert Redford
Diana Ross
Vin Scully
Bruce Springsteen
Cicely Tyson

This event will be streamed live at: www.whitehouse.gov/live.

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