2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom Highlights

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President Barack Obama embraces popular music icon Diana Ross during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House Nov. 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to 19 living and two posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts.
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Actress, comedian, and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, center, wipes a tear from her eye after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.
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Actor Robert De Niro, center, reacts after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.
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Sports broadcaster Vin Scully, center, pauses to look at his Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.
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Former NBA basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, left, reacts as President Barack Obama, right, attempts to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.
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President Barack Obama, center, reacts as former NBA basketball player Michael Jordan, left, playfully looms over him at a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in the White House, on Nov. 22, 2016.
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Presidential Medals of Freedom are seen on a table prior to the start of the ceremony in the East Room of the White House Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. President Barack Obama will recognize 21 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award, including giants of the entertainment industry, sports legends, activists and innovators.
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President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to architect Frank Gehry during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 22, 2016.
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President Barack Obama, right, awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates, left. Both have donated billions of dollars globally to promote health and fight poverty.
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President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to NBA all-time leading scorer and social justice advocate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 22, 2016.
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Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is embraced by actor Robert De Niro after she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
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President Barack Obama, right, points at Tom Hanks, left, before presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Nov. 22, 2016.
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President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Federal Communications Committee Chairman Newt Minow during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House Nov. 22, 2016.
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President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to mathematician and computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, left, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 22, 2016.
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Artist and designer Maya Lin receives her Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 22, 2016.
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President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to physicist Richard Garwin, left, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.
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President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to motion picture legend Robert Redford during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House Nov. 22, 2016.
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