Obama awards Medals of Freedom

In one of his final acts in office, President Barack Obama awards the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Michael Jordan and Tom Hanks among others. [16 photos total]

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President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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President Barack Obama reacts with comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Bruce Springsteen thanks President Barack Obama for his Presidential Medal of Freedom. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) #
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Bill and Melinda Gates receive their Presidential Medals of Freedom. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) #
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Comedian Ellen DeGeneres applauds actor Robert DeNiro at a ceremony awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to actor Tom Hanks. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) #
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Presient Barack Obama smiles at retired NBA basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) #
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President Barack Obama awards actor and director Robert Redford the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) #
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Singer Diana Ross is hugged by President Barack Obama before he awards her a Presidential Medal of Freedom. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) #
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President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to actor Robert DeNiro. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Presidential Medal of freedom recipients physicist Richard Garwin, and Bill and Melinda Gates applaud. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) #
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President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) #
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President Barack Obama assists actress Cicely Tyson on stage. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) #
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President Barack Obama awards broadcaster Vin Scully the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) #
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President Barack Obama awards polymath scientist Richard Garwin the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) #
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President Barack Obama awards artist and designer Maya Lin the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) #

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