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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Presents Medals Of Freedom To Megan Rapinoe, Gabby Giffords, 15 Other Honorees

CBS News reports: President Biden is presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom Thursday to 17 Americans, including Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, actor Denzel Washington and soccer star Megan Rapinoe. The late Sen. John McCain and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs are among those receiving the award posthumously. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the country’s highest civilian honor, intended for people …

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Biden Names Presidential Medal Of Freedom Recipients: Megan Rapinoe, Gabby Giffords, John McCain, Others

Via press release from the White House: Today, President Biden named seventeen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private endeavors. President Biden …

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Dolly Parton Twice Turned Down Medal Of Freedom From Trump, But Not For The Reason You Would Think

The Today Show reports: The queen of country, 75, told TODAY in an interview that former President Donald Trump’s administration tried to give her the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, twice but she had to turn them down. “I couldn’t accept it because my husband was ill and then they asked me again about it and …

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NFL Coach Rejects Presidential Medal Of Freedom

ESPN reports: New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday he will not “move forward” with the Presidential Medal of Freedom that Donald Trump planned to present to him on Thursday. Belichick explained his decision in a statement. “Recently I was offered the opportunity to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which I was flattered by out of respect for …

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Cultist Ex-Football Coach To Get Medal Of Freedom

Bloomberg News reports: President Donald Trump will award the nation’s highest civilian honor to former Notre Dame football coach and political supporter Lou Holtz in a ceremony Thursday at the White House. Trump announced he would award Holtz the Presidential Medal of Freedom, when the national championship-winning coach joined him in October in Pennsylvania for a campaign event. Holtz has …

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Obama Calls It His “Screw Up” That Dolly Parton Didn’t Get A Presidential Medal Of Freedom: “I’ll Call Biden”

The Hill reports: Former President Obama says it was a major “screw up” of his administration that he failed to honor Dolly Parton with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “That’s a mistake. I’m shocked,” Obama said Monday on CBS’ “The Late Show” after host Stephen Colbert asked how it was possible the “9 to 5” singer hadn’t received the country’s …

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Trump To Award Medal Of Freedom To Man Who Called Obama “The Magic Negro” And Who Coined “Femi-Nazi”

Politico reports: President Donald Trump plans to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest civilian award in the U.S. – to conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh after learning of his advanced cancer diagnosis, the president told television anchors at a private lunch. Limbaugh, 69, revealed his cancer diagnosis on his popular radio program Monday afternoon, telling listeners that …

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Tiger Woods To Receive Presidential Medal Of Freedom

The Hill reports: President Trump said Monday he will award pro golf great Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on the heels of his comeback win at last weekend’s Masters Tournament. Woods’ victory on Sunday gave him his 15th major championship win and his fifth Masters title. The Week reports: Revealing interviews with more than 10 former and …

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Trump To Award Presidential Medal Of Freedom To Elvis, Babe Ruth, Orrin Hatch, Scalia, GOP Megadonor, Others

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump has announced his first recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and they include the wife of a major Republican Party donor, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history, Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth. Trump will also posthumously recognize the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Medals are going to Miriam Adelson, a …

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Joe Biden Overcome With Emotion As Obama Surprises Him With Presidential Medal Of Freedom [VIDEO]

Oh yes, you will need tissues. Via Talking Points Memo: President Barack Obama surprised an emotional Joe Biden Thursday with a farewell tribute where he presented the vice president with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Obama gave the entire Biden clan a glowing tribute, including his children, grandchildren and wife, Jill Biden. He described Biden and Jill as “an all-American …

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LIVE VIDEO: Obama Awards Presidential Medal Of Freedom To Ellen, Diana Ross, Tom Hanks, Others

NBC News reports: For the last time during his tenure in office, President Obama will bestow the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, on a distinguished array of American icons on Tuesday. The medal, which has existed in some form since the Truman administration, has been given at Obama’s discretion more than any other president, and according to …

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2016 Presidential Medal Of Freedom Honorees: Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, Others

Note that two of this year’s honorees, De Niro and Springsteen, are among the loudest Trump critics. CBS News reports: The White House on Wednesday announced the recipients of the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The prestigious accolade is given to people “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the …

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“Verklempt” Obama Bestows Medal Of Freedom On Barbra Streisand & Stephen Sondheim [VIDEO]

Yesterday President Obama joked that he was “verklempt” as he bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Barbra Streisand. Other honorees included Stephen Sondheim, James Taylor, Steven Spielberg, Itzhak Perlman, Willie Mays, and Yogi Berra. Watch below.

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White House Names Stephen Sondheim & Barbra Streisand As Presidential Medal Of Freedom Honorees

The White House announced today that Stephen Sondheim and Barbra Streisand will be among those honored this year with the Presidential Medal Of Freedom. Via press release: Today, President Barack Obama named seventeen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions …

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Alvin Ailey And Stephen Sondheim To Be Among 2014 Medal Of Freedom Honorees

Late dance legend Alvin Ailey and Broadway superstar Stephen Sondheim will be among this year’s Presidential Medal Of Freedom honorees. Among the honorees representing the arts world are Stevie Wonder, Stephen Sondheim, Meryl Streep, actress Marlo Thomas, Tom Brokaw, writer and activist Suzan Harjo, and author Isabel Allende. Streep and Sondheim are particularly timely honorees, considering the film adaptation of …

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Tam O’Shaughnessy On Sally Ride

Yesterday Tam O’Shaughnessy accepted the Presidential Medal Of Freedom on behalf of her late partner, Sally Ride. This afternoon the White House posted the below clip to their official YouTube channel. As of this writing, there’s no clip from Walter Naegle, who accepted yesterday on behalf of his late partner, Bayard Rustin.

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UPDATED: Sally Ride & Bayard Rustin Get Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Accepting the medals on behalf of their late partners were Tam O’Shaughnessy (Sally Ride) and Walter Naegle (Bayard Rustin). Both presentations were preceded by the off-stage announcer recounting the contributions made by Ride and Rustin to the history of the LGBT movement. The live stream has now concluded.

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Civil Rights Pioneer Bayard Rustin And Astronaut Sally Ride To Be Posthumously Awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Civil rights pioneer (and gay man) Bayard Rustin, who organized the 1963 March On Washington, and astronaut Sally Ride, who (at her request) was outed after her death of cancer last year, will be among the recipients of this year’s Presidential Medal Of Freedom awards, the highest honor given to any civilian. Via press release from the White House: This …

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Late Lesbian Astronaut Sally Ride To Get Posthumous Medal Of Freedom

President Obama revealed yesterday that he will honor late astronaut Sally Ride with the Medal Of Freedom. Via White House press release: The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant …

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Medal Of Freedom

Yesterday I was surprised by how much I enjoyed watching the Medal Of Freedom ceremony at the White House, where the honorees included Maya Angelou, Bill Russell, Yo-Yo Ma, Warren Buffet, Jasper Johns, and Bush 41, who appeared startlingly frail and had to be helped to his seat by a sturdy Marine.

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