Obama awards his final Presidential Medals of Freedom

US actor Robert De Niro (R) hugs actress and comedian Ellen DeGeneres after she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, at the White HouseBasketball star Michael Jordan, actor Robert De Niro and music legend Bruce Springsteen were among the 21 people honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. During a ceremony at the White House President Barack Obama gave out the awards — the nation’s highest civilian honor — for his last time to a diverse group of sports stars, scientists, artists and philanthropists. “Everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful personal way,” Obama said.

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