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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ellen DeGeneres In Tears As Obama Presents Her With Presidential Medal of Freedom At WH

Last Tuesday, President Obama presented 21 actors, musicians, athletes and innovators with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in the White House's East Room. He honored them because he believed they helped push America forward and inspired millions around the world. 

"Everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful, very personal way," Obama said in his opening speech. "These are folks who have helped make me who I am." 

Among the honorees were Ellen DeGeneres, who couldn't hold back her tears as she accepted her prestigious medal. Others honored included Michael Jordan, philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, six-time NBA MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, leading architect Frank Gehry, actors Robert Redford and Cicely Tyson, NASA computer scientist Margaret H. Hamilton and Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer Maya Lin.

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