This is so exciting! Before stepping out of the White House, President Barack Obama has revealed the list of honorees he will be giving the Presidential Medal Of Freedom to. Among the stars are Ellen DeGeneres, Michael Jordan and so many more!
Well, this is pretty cool news. President Barack Obama has chosen a star-studded list of celebrities to be the recipient of his Presidential Medal Of Freedom, just weeks before he hands over the White House to President-elect Donald Trump. The list of 21 people is full of familiar names, from talk show hosts to actors, actresses and so many more, reports Us Weekly.
Here’s a list of the celebrity recipients: Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Cicely Tyson, Robert Redford, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Vin Scully.
There are also a few notable names that you might not be familiar with, but they are still extremely important. Physicist Richard Garwin, activist Elouise Cobell (posthumous), philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, scientists Margaret H. Hamilton and Grace Hopper (posthumous), artist Maya Lin, attorney Newt Minow and last but certainly not least, Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, it is the highest honor that an American civilian can receive. “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,” the President said in a statement, sharing why he chose this amazing group of people.
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