Barack Obama honored actors Robert DeNiro, Cicely Tyson, Tom Hanks and
Robert Redford with the nation’s highest civilian honor.
They are among 21 people Obama recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Tuesday.
from the sports world include basketball players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
and Michael Jordan, along with veteran sports broadcaster Vin Scully.
Entertainers include Ellen DeGeneres, Diana Ross and Bruce Springsteen.
honorees are philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, polymath physicist
Richard Garwin, architect Frank Gehry, designer Maya Lin, “Saturday
Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels, attorney Newt Minow, mathematician
and computer scientist Margaret H. Hamilton, and Eduardo Padrón,
president of Miami Dade College in Florida.
Posthumous honors went to Native American advocate Elouise Cobell and Rear Adm. Grace Hopper. (AP)
(Photos: Carlos Barria/Reuters , Yuri Gripas/Reuters )