- Title: Hanks, Springsteen among Obama's last Medal of Freedom recipients
- Date: 17th November 2016
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - FEBRUARY 8, 2013) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** MUSICIAN BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AT MUSICARES PERSON OF THE YEAR GALA LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - JANUARY 23, 2016) (REUTERS) EX-BASKETBALL PLAYER KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR AT THE PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES (FILE - APRIL 18, 2016) (REUTERS) PHILANTHROPIST BILL GATES TALKING AT CONVENTION
- Embargoed: 2nd December 2016 00:04
- Keywords: Barack Obama Medal of Freedom president Tom Hanks Diana Ross Robert Redford Robert De Niro
- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES; BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES; WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES
- City: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES; BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES; WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Celebrities,Arts/Culture/Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA00358P4XMV
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- Story Text: In one of his final acts in office, President Barack Obama selected key figures in sports, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, activism, academia and entertainment among the 21 people who will be awarded the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest civilian honor in the United States.
Obama will present recipients including rocker Bruce Springsteen, Motown soul singer Diana Ross, former basketball champions Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and actors Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Robert Redford with the medal at a White House ceremony on Nov. 22, the White House said on Wednesday (November 15).
The medal is given annually to people who have made outstanding contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
This year's roster also includes Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda for their philanthropic foundation, TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, veteran actress Cicely Tyson, architect Frank Gehry and baseball broadcaster Vin Scully.
The group also includes several not so well known Americans, such as late Native American community leader Elouise Cobell and NASA moon landing computer scientist Margaret H. Hamilton.
Obama leaves office in January after eight years, following the election of Republican businessman Donald Trump.
Previous recipients of the medal from Obama include baseball champion Yogi Berra, singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, director Steven Spielberg and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
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