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All Eyes photo gallery: Obama gives Medal of Freedom to sports, rock stars

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For the last time before he leaves office, President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday, bestowing it on 21 stars of Silicon Valley, Hollywood, sports and rock, who created a glittering assembly even for the White House.
Among the honorees were singers Bruce Springsteen and Diana Ross, actors Tom Hanks and Robert De Niro, philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, and basketball greats Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Rounds of applause and laughter rocked the East Room as Obama bestowed the nation's highest honor on the luminaries, two posthumously, in an hourlong ceremony.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 4:09pm]

    

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