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President Obama Names 21 Recipients of The Presidential Medal of Freedom

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On January 20th, 2017, President Barack Obama will officially leave the White House and close out his 8-year historical presidency. We expect to see a lot of the POTUS in the next couple of months as he exits his role as Commander-In-Chief with grace.

Today, the President revealed 21 recipients, who will be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. According to a press release, this honor 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.”

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.”

Here are the recipients:

  • 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 Padrón
  • Robert Redford
  • Diana Ross
  • Vin Scully
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Cicely Tyson

Congratulations to these inspiring 21 recipients on this amazing honor! They will be given their awards on November 22nd at a ceremony in the White House.

XOXO
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