US President, Barack Obama on Tuesday awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 21 recipients at the White House.
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The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the country’s highest civilian honor.
“Everyone on this stage has touched me in a powerful personal way. These are folks who have helped make me who I am and think about my presidency,” Obama said during the presentation.
Honorees included entertainers Tom Hanks and Diana Ross, philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, architect Frank Gehry, scientist Margaret Hamilton, and athletes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan.
Michael Jordan, at 53, was this year’s youngest medal recipient, while actress Cicely Tyson, at 91, was the oldest; Huffington Post reports.