These Are the Amazing People πŸ™ŒπŸΌ Who Got Presidential Medal of Freedom πŸ”“ This Year ...

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As one of his last acts as POTUS, President Obama just awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 21 very deserving people.

Is your favorite celeb on the list of recipients?

Let's have a look.

1. Ellen DeGeneres

person, profession, speaker,

With so many out celebs, it's hard to remember how difficult and scary is must have been when Ellen came out years ago, in 1997.

That took a lot of courage, but she did it!

2. Tom Hanks

person, profession, speech,

I can't think of a single movie he's been in that wasn't amazing.

I mean, hello, I cried when he lost Wilson.

3. Michael Jordan

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You know, the guy from Space Jam.

4. Robert De Niro

person, people, clergy,

Amazing actor, for decades, and he's still working.2

5. Bruce Springsteen

person, speech,

The Boss.

Enough said.

6. Robert Redford

person,

He's a fantastic actor, and wow, did he used to be a hottie.2

7. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

person, speech, profession, official,

Famous basketball player and actor.

So tall, you can't even see who's hanging that medal around his neck...

awesome!

8. Vin Scully

person, speech, official,

Sports caster.

Your grand-dad probably knows who he is.

Heh.

9. Diana Ross

person, speech, ceremony, official, speaker,

I'm surprised she hadn't already won this honor.

10. Cicely Tyson

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A truly talented, trail-blazing actress.

Can you believe she's 92 years old?!

11. Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Computer genius turned philanthropist.

12. Melinda Gates

person, ceremony,

A true philanthropist in her own right.

13. Richard Garwin

person, speech, clergy, official, profession,

In case you don't know who he is, he's an inventor and physicist.

14. Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry

And he's an architect.

15. Margaret H. Hamilton

President of the United States, person, speech, award, official,

An excellent example for anyone, especially a girl, who's considering a career in STEM.

16. Maya Lin

person, people, community,

She designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.3

17. Lorne Michaels

person, people, speech, official, profession,

If his name sounds familiar, but you don't know why, he's the producer of Saturday Night Live, where so many of our fave comedians got their starts.

Newton Minow
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