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there is amazing civic mindedness. >> and newt gingrich, van jones, and former congressman patrick kennedy discuss opioid addiction and treatment. >> people have to change their minds. they have to have willpower, but the also have to change their brains back. this is a biological thing. your brain is an organ, and once the doctors say, we took a molar out of your mouth, take these pills, you broke your collar bone, take these pills, for a lot of people, those pills damage that organ. and listen on the free c-span radio app. >> president obama this week honored 21 recipients with the presidential medal of honor. it is the highest civilian given to individuals for
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their achievements in national security, world peace, and other endeavors. some of the recipients this year jordan, dianael ross, and bruce springsteen. this is an hour and 10 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen, the recipients of the presidential medal of freedom. kareem abdul-jabbar. [applause] [indiscernible] ellen degeneres.
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[applause] niro. de [applause] [indiscernible] [indiscernible] tom hanks. [indiscernible]
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michael jordan. [indiscernible] [indiscernible] [cheers] [applause] >> [indiscernible] robert redford.
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[indiscernible] -- diana ross. [indiscernible] bruce springsteen. [indiscernible]
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ladies and gentlemen, the vice president of the united states. [applause] ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states and mrs. michelle obama. [applause] ♪
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president obama: with got some work to do here. this is not all fun and games. welcome to the white house, everybody. today, we celebrate extraordinary americans who have lifted our spirits, strengthened our union, pushed us toward progress. i always love doing this event. particularly
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impressive class. innovators and artists, public servants, rabble-rousers -- [laughter] athletes,obama: renowned character actors like the guy from "space jam." [laughter] president obama: we pay tribute to those distinguished individuals with our nation's highest civilian honor, the presidential medal of freedom. let me tell you a little bit about each of them. first, we came close to missing and melinda gates incredible partnership because apparently bill's opening line
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out two you want to go weeks from this coming saturday?" [laughter] president obama: he is good with computers, but -- [laughter] president obama: you know. fortunately, melinda believes in second chances in the world is better for it. for two decades, the gates foundation has worked to provide life-saving medical care to millions, improving education rallyinghildren, aggressive international action on climate change, cutting mortality in half. the list could go on. these two have donated more money to charitable causes then anyone ever. an old's mom told her
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saying -- to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is success. by this and just about any of ther measure, few in human history have been more successful than these two impatient optimist. frank geary has never reversed -- he said, i was an outsider from the beginning. for better, or for worse, i thrived on it. the child of jewish immigrants, frank grew up in los angeles and spent his life rethinking shapes and mediums, seemingly the force of gravity itself, the idea of what architecture could be. constantlyto upend, repurposing every material available from titanium to paper nexts to inspiring our
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generation. us thatwork teaches they can soar and broaden our horizons. when she first to set foot on the national mall, she was trying to find a way to show war is not just about a victory or loss, but about individual lives. she considered how the landscape might shape that message, rather than the other way around. the project she designed for her a bege class earned her plus, and a permanent place in american history. [laughter] president obama: so, all of you
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thelus students out there, vietnam veterans memorial has changed the way we think about sacrifice and patriotism and ourselves. has them more then give us places for remembering. newhas given us places for memories, physical acts of poetry, reminding us the most important part of our or architecture is human emotion. three minutes before armstrong and aldrin touchdown on the moon, the lunar alarm trigger -- red and yellow lights across the board. our astronauts did not have much time. had margaret, a young i'm -- a young in my tea scientist.
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timein mind at this software engineering was not a field yet. as margaret says, there was no pioneers. to be she symbolizes that generation of unsung women who have helped send humankind into space. her architecture echoes in doubtless technologies today and her example speaks of the human discovery that exists in every little girl and every little boys you know to look deep within ourselves and beyond the heavens to figure out what is possible. and edison isght light, then hopper is code. hoppermiral grace followed her mother into
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mathematics, earned her phd from yale, and set out on a long and storied career. at age 37, and a full 15 pounds below military guidelines, grace joined the navy and such work of one of the first computers. she saw beyond the boundaries of the possible and created the first compiler, which created programs and regularly language and translated them for computers to understand. the most prestigious award for young computer scientists now bears her name. from cell phones to cyber command, we can thank grace hopper for opening programming to millions more people, helping .o usher in the information age speaking of really smart people, in the summer of 1950, a young chicago physicist found himself
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at los alamos national laboratory. chicago paid its faculty for nine months, but his family eight for 12. -- ate for 12. summer, he helped create the hydrogen bomb. for the rest of his life, he dedicated his life to reducing the threat of nuclear war. an architect of the atomic age. he has never met a problem he did not want to solve. satellites, the mri, the touch screen all bear his fingerprints. patented a muscle washer er for mussle wash shellfish, which that i have not used. the other stuff, i have.
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[laughter] where is it? dick has advised every president since eisenhower, often rather lightly. and in rico for me is said to only trued dick the genius he ever met. i do want to see this mussle washer. we also honor those who have the stage in the screen. sisley tyson has shaped the course of history. sisley was never the likeliest of hollywood stars. she was the daughter of immigrants from the west indies. she was raised by a hard-working and religious mother who cleaned houses. when she broke into the business, cicely made a conscious decision not just to speak lines, but to speak
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out. to "the trip to "autobiographyhe hasiss jane pittman," she -- and she is just gorgeous. [applause] president obama: and she is. in 1970 three, a critic wrote of robert de niro, -- 1973, critic wrote of robert de niro, this kit does not just act. he takes up into the vapors. it is true. the mobster who runs a casino, a mobster who needs therapy -- a father-in-law who is scared of mobsterr, al capone, a
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-- [laughter] commands obama: robert dramatic precision, and as it turns out, comedic timing, and while the name de niro is synonymous with tough guy, his true gift is the sensitivity he brings to each role. this son of new york artists did not stop at becoming one of the world how great actors. tireless preparation from relearning the sex offender remaking his body -- he once said, i feel i have to earn the right to lay a part. the result is an authentic and honest art that reveals who we really are. 1976, lorne michaels implored the beatles to reunite on his brand-new show. he offered them $3000.
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[laughter] president obama: and then he told them they could share it equally or they could give renault a smaller cut. which was early proof that one michael's has a good sense -- lorne michaels has appear. he hasurday night live," created a place where no names become big stars, our friends the coneheads, the cheerleaders, basement deadbeats, motivational speakers, and unfrozen caveman lawyer show up and tom hanks is on "black jeopardy." [laughter] president obama: after four even in this fractured media culture we have got, "snl" remains of what reviewing, a
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mainline not just into our counterculture, but our culture. still a challenge to the powerful, especially folks like me, and even after all of these that hisrne jokes tombstone should bear one single word, often in the show's reviews, "uneven." [laughter] as a currentma: u.s. senator would say, "doggone lorne. that's why people like you." he produced a senator, too. that's impressive. ofen degeneres has a way making you laugh at something rather than someone. except when i guessed on her show. she laughed at me. but that's ok. it's easy to forget now we have come so far, were now marriage
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is equal under the law, how much required for element to come out on the most public of stages almost 20 years ago. just how important it was -- not just to the lgbt community, but for all of us to see somebody so and light,dness someone we like so much, someone who could be our neighbor or colleague or sister challenge our own assumptions, push our country in the direction of justice. what an incredible burden that was to bear, to risk your career like that. people do not do that very often and to have the hopes of millions on your shoulders. ellen we all want a tortilla chip that
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can support the weight of guacamole. which really makes no sense to me. want to break the mood. i was getting kind of choked up. [laughter] and she did pay a price. we don't remember this. i hadn't remembered. she did for a pretty long stretch of time. even in hollywood. today, every day, in s whatway, ellen counter to often devises with what inspires us to be better, one joke, one dance at a time. when the candidate won his race in their comic 1972 film of the
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-- the iconic 1972 maybef the same name -- some of your too young to of seeing the best movie about politics, ever, he famously asked his campaign manager the revealing question, "what do we do now?" and like the man he played in that movie, robert redford has figured it out and applied his toents and applied them achieve success. we admire bob not just for his remarkable acting, but for having figured out what to do next. he created a platform for throughent filmmakers the sundance institute. he has supported our national parks as one of the foremost conservationists of our generation. he has given his unmatched charisma to unforgettable characters like roy hobbs, of course the sundance kid, entertaining us for war than
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half a century. as an actor, director, producer, and advocate, he has not stopped. at 80 years young, robert redford has no plans to slow down. recent headline, the movie "sully" was the last straw. we should never travel with tom hanks. pirates, plane crashes, you get marooned in airport luggage were, volcanoes. and yet, somehow we cannot resist going where he wants to take us. he has been an exit no witness basebally, a women's manager, a man who fell in love makeseg ryan three times,
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it seem natural to have a volleyball as your best friend -- from a philadelphia courtroom to normandy's beachhead to the dark side of the moon, he has introduced us to america's unassuming heroes. tom says, he just saw ordinary guys and did the right thing at the right time. well, it takes one to know one. he stood up to cancer with his beloved wife rita. he has championed space exploration. he has saved his best roles for life. he is a good man. which is the best title you can have. we have innovators, entertainers, three more folks who dedicated themselves to public service. in the early 1960's, thousands fled to children america seeking an education they would never get back home. one refugee was a 15-year-old whose life changed when he
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enrolled at miami-dade college. that decision led to a bachelor's degree, a masters degree, a phd. then have a choice. he could go to corporate america or give back to his alma mater and he made his choice -- to create more stories just like his. as miami-dade's president since 1995, he has held a dream factory for one of the nation from most diverse student bodies. he has -- he is one of the world's most preeminent education leaders, thinking outside the box, supporting students, embodying the idea that we are only as great as the doors we open. eduardo's example is one we can all follow. the champion of the same american dream the first true him to our shores. when she first filed a lawsuit
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to recover lands and money for people, she did not set out to be a hero. she said, i just want to give justice to people who did not have it. quest to address the mismanagement of american indian lands was not about special treatment, but equal treatment at the heart of the american promise. , sevenght for 15 years trials, 10 appearances before a federal appeals court. she traveled the country some 40 weeks a year, telling the story of her people. a the end, this graduate of one-room school house became a proud daughter of montana's back -- blackfoot nation. she achieved a historic victory for all native americans. the sheer force of will that truth will win out, she overcame us longest odds, reminding
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that fighting for what is right is always worth it. every journalist in the room, every media critic knows the newte new meadow -- menno coined -- "the vast way line. but he would prefer we remembered tablet interest. that has been his life story, advocating, cementing presidential debates as our national institution, leaving the fcc. when he helped launch the first communication satellites making nationwide broadcast possible, eventually gps possible and cell phones possible, he projected it would be more important than the moon landing. this will launch ideas into space, he said, and ideas last longer than people. he is the only one of today's honorees that was present on my first date with michelle, as far
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as i know. [laughter] president obama: and that is no surprise. it was the movie "do the right thing." so he has always been vital to my personal interests. and finally, we honor five of in sportsme greats and music. the game of baseball has a handful of signature sounds. you hear the crack of the bat, the crowd singing in the seventh inning stretch, and you have the voice of vince scully. most fans listen to a broadcast when they cannot be at the ballpark. generations of dodgers fans brought their radio into the stands because you did not want to miss one of his stories. most play-by-play announcers partner with an analyst in the booth to chat about the action. vin worked alone and talked just
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with us. since jackie robinson started at vin taught us the game and introduced us to its players, narrated the impossible heroics. when he heard about this honor, he asked with characteristic are you sure? i'm just an old baseball announcer." and we had to inform him that to americans of all ages, you are an old friend. in fact, i thought about him doing all of these citations, which would have been very cool, but -- [laughter] [applause] wesident obama: i thought should not make him sing for his supper like that. but next -- [laughter]
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[applause] here is howama: great kareem abdul-jabbar was. 1967, he spent a year dominating college basketball. dunk.aa bans the they did not say it was about kareem, but it was about kareem. rules sport changes its to make it harder just for you, you are really good. and yet, despite the rule change, he was still sports' most unstoppable force, the title he would hold for more two nba in bp aning
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staggering 14 years apart -- bless you. [laughter] as murderobama: and -- as roger murdock said in the movie "airplane" -- we have some great actors here. while going for 48 minutes. the reason that we honor kareem is more than just a pair of goggles and the skyhook. he stood up for his muslim faith when it was not easy and it was not popular. he was as comfortable sparring with bruce lee as advocating on capitol hill or riding with extraordinary eloquence about patriotism. physically, intellectually, spiritual, kareem is one-of-a-kind, an american who illuminates our basic freedoms and our highest aspirations. when he was five years old,
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michael jordan nearly cut off his big toe with an ax. but think, if things had gone mightently, air jordans never have taken flight. you don't buy a shoe with one toe missing. we may never have seen them switch hands in midair against the lakers or drop 63 in the garden or hit the shot three different times over georgetown over russell. we might not have seen him take on larry bird or lift up the sport globally along with the dream team -- and yet mj is still more than those moments, more than just the best player on the two greatest teams of all , the 1996 chicago bulls.
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he is more than a logo, more than an internet meme -- [laughter] president obama: more than a charitable donor or business owner committed to diversity. there is a reason you call somebody be michael jordan off. of michael jordan neurosurgery or the michael jordan of rabbis or the michael .ordan of outrigger canoeing they know what you're talking about. because michael jordan is the michael jordan of greatness. somebody definition of so good at what they do that them.ody recognizes that's pretty rare. as a child, diana ross loved singing and dancing for family and friends, but not for free.
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she was smart enough to pass the hat, and later in detroit in the brewster housing projects, she met florence ballard. their neighbor smokey robinson put them in front of berry magic.and the rest was the supremes one a permanent place in the american subject. along with her honeyed voice, oulful sensibility, .iana helped fill stages she raised five kids, somehow found time to win an oscar nomination for acting -- today, from the hip-hop to the young singers inspired by her to the audiences who still cannot get enough of her, diana ross's
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voice is as inescapable as ever. cage out ong from a highway nine. just --kid from jersey, a white kid from jersey, just trying to make sense of the dreams of his hometown, pool halls, officers, a similar lines, and for decades, bruce brings teen brought us all along on a journey consumed -- bruce springsteen has brought us all along on a journey, this symbol glories and scattered heartbreak of everyday life in america. to create one of his biggest hits, he once said, i wanted to craft a record that sounded like the last record on earth, the last when you would ever need to hear, one glorious noise, then the apocalypse. every kid in america was given the story "born to run." he did not stop there.
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what's he told us about himself, he told us about everybody else -- a steelworker from youngstown, the vietnam vet in " usa."o run," "born in the carrying theer weight of a resilient nation in "the rising." the communities knocked down by recklessness and greed in "the wrecking ball." andof us, with our faults our failings, every color in class and creed, bound together train defiant restless rolling toward the "land of hope and dreams." these are anthems of our america. the reality of who we are and who we want to be. the hallmark of a rock 'n roll band, bruce springsteen once said, is that the narrative you tell together is bigger than anyone could have told on your own, and for decades, alongside
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jersey girl named patty, and knowledge the men and women of the e street band, bruce springsteen has been carrying the rest of us on his asking us all what is the work for us to do in our short time here. i am the president. he is the boss. and pushing 70, he is still laying down four-hour live sets. if you have not been there, he is working it. firebreathing rock 'n roll. we hope he remains, in his words, "a prisoner of rock 'n roll for years to come." so, ladies and showman, i want you to give it up for the recipients of the 2016 residential medal of freedom. -- presidential medal of
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freedom. [applause] we have a good grip. right. -- we have a good group. all right. now we have to actually give the metals. so, please be patient. we are going to have my military .id read the citations each one of them will come up and receive the metals and we will wrap up the program, ok? let's hit it. >> kareem abdul-jabbar. [applause]
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an iconic basketball player who revolutionized the sport with his all-around play and signature skyhook, kareem abdul-jabbar is a 19-time all-star, six-time world champion, and the leading scorer in nba history. adding to his achievements on the court, he left his mark off of it, advocating for civil rights, cancer research, science education, and social justice. in doing so, kareem abdul-jabbar leaves a legacy of service to others, based not only on the strength and grace of his athleticism, but the sharpness of his mind and the size of his heart. [applause]
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[cheers] >> curt cabell, accepting on behalf of his mother. [applause] a member of the blackfeet nation, eloise cabell spent her life defying the odds and working on behalf of of her people. as a young woman, she was told she was not capable of understanding accounting, so she mastered the field and used her expertise to champion a lawsuit whose historic settlement has helped restore homelands to her beloved blackfeet nation and related tribes. her unwavering spirit lives on in the thousands of people and hundreds of tribes for whom she fought and all those she taught never too lates
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to right the wrongs of the past and shape a better future. [applause] ellen degeneres. [applause] [laughter] spanning three decades, ellen degeneres and has lifted our spirits and brought joy to our lives as a standup comic, actor, and television star. in every role, she reminds us to be kind to one another and treat people as each of us wants to be treated. at a pivotal moment, her courage in candor helped change the hearts and minds of millions of
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americans, accelerating our nation's constant drive toward acceptance for all. ellen degeneres has showed a single individual can make the world a more fun, more open, or loving place, so long as we keep swimming. [applause] robert de niro. [applause] for over 50 years, robert de niro has delivered some of the
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screen for most memorable performances, cementing his place as one of the most gifted actors of his generation. from "the godfather part ii" and hunter" his work is legendary for its death. de niro embodies his characters, reflecting rich portraits that reflect the heart of the american experience. he continues to demonstrate that extraordinary skill that has made him one of america for almost revered and influential artist's. -- artists. [applause] richard l. garwin.
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one of the most renowned engineering, scientific, engineering minds of our time, dr. garwin has always answered the call to solve society for problems. he has pioneered work in his technologies with leadership that underscores the urgency for humanity to can stroll the spread of nuclear arms. from his advice to administrations dating from president eisenhower, his fundamental research, and his inventions that power technologies that drive our modern world, richard garwin has contributed not only to our nation's security and prosperity, but the quality of life for people all over the world.
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[applause] iii and melinda french gates. few people have had the profound global impact of bill and melinda gates. through their work at the bill and melinda gates foundation, they have demonstrated how the most capable and fortunate among us have responsibility to use their counts and resources to tackle the world's greatest challenges, from helping women and girls lift themselves out of poverty to empowering minds across america, they have changed countless lives. they continue to inspire us with their inpatient optimism that together we can remake the world as it should be. inpatient -- impatient
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optimism that together we can remake the world as it should be. [applause] frank gehry. [applause] never limited by initial materials, styles, or processes, frank gehry's structures introduced wonder and revitalize communities. he began his career by building
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imaginary homes in cities with scrap material from his grandfather's hardware store. since then, his work strikes a balance between experimentation and functionality, representing some of the money of century's most iconic buildings. use ofs pioneering technology to his signature style to his public service as a citizen artist through his work with turnaround arts, frank gehry has proven himself an exemplary scholar of american innovation. [applause] margaret hayfield hamilton. [applause]
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a pioneer in technology, margaret hamilton to find new forms of software engineering and helped launch an industry that would forever change human history. her software architecture led to giant leaps for humankind, righting code that helped america set on the moon. she broke their ears in calming her own software -- she broke barriers in founding her own software company. her genius has inspired generations to reach for the stars. [applause]
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thomas j. hanks. [applause] throughout a distinguished thumb grip, tom hanks has revealed the character of america as well as his own, portraying war heroes and astronauts, a ship's captain, our cartoon cowboy, a young man growing up too fast, and dozens of others, he has allowed us to see ourselves not only as we are, but as we aspire to be. he has called on us all to think big and to believe and inspired and new generation of young people to reach for the sky. [laughter] [applause]
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debra murray, accepting on behalf of her great aunt, grace murray hopper. [applause] as a child who loved disassembling alarm clocks, vice admiral grace murray hopper found her callg early. she served in the navy during world war ii, becoming one of the first programmers in early computing. know today if the queen of code, grace hopper from work helped make coding language more practical and accessible. she invented the first compiler, or translator, a fundamental element of our now digital world. amazing grace was committed to making the language of computer
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programming more universal. we honor her contributions to senseer science and the of possibility she inspired and generations of young people. [applause] [applause] michael j. jordan. [applause] [laughter] >> powered by a drive to compete that earned him every major award in basketball, including championships,a
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mother jordan name has become a synonym for -- michael jordan from name has become a synonym for excellence. he is a global superstar who transcended basketball and shape -- shapedor broader our nation's broader culture. he has inspired generations to "be like mike." [applause] wei lin.lynn -- maya
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her works of brought us together in the spirit of melody. recognize ours to differences and the gravity of our collective existence. her pieces have change the landscape of our country and in close the dialog of our society, never with more -- never more profoundly than heard tribute to the nation's veterans of vietnam in our nation's capital. [applause]
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lorne michaels. [applause] one of the most transformative entertainment figures of our michaels followed his dreams to new york city, where he created a sketch show that brought sets are, with, and modern comedy to homes across the world. hasurday night live" entertained audiences across the rations, reflecting and shaping critical elements of our cultural, political, and national life. his creative legacy stretches into late-night television, sitcoms, and the big screen, making us laugh, challenging us to think, and raising the bar for those to follow. as one of his signature characters would say, "well, isn't that special?" [applause]
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newton n. minnow. [applause] as a soldier, counselor to the governor of illinois, chairman law clerk to the chief justice of the supreme court, -- of the fcc, and law clerk to the chief justice of beenpring court, he has dedicated to serving and empowering the public, reflected in his efforts to make sure that broadcast media educates and then inspires opportunity for all. ideasaunch commitment to has transformed telecommunications and its influential role in our society. [applause]
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his personal story at lasting professional influence prove that success need not be determined by our background, but by dedication to others, our passion for creating america as is inclusive as it is prosperous. [applause] >> robert redford. [applause] has captivated audiences from both sides of the camera through entertaining motion pictures and often explore vital, social, and historical themes. his work will prove as an enduring legacy as his award-winning films, as well as
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pioneering support for independent filmmakers across america. hisse art and activism -- art and activism inspires millions to left, cry, think, and change. [applause] >> diana ross. [applause] a daughter- [laughter] detroit, diana ross helped create the sound of motown with her iconic voice. from her groundbreaking work
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with the supremes, to a solo career that spanned decades, she has influenced years of artists and has achieved our music landscape. in addition to a grammy lifetime achievement award and other andlades, she has achieved golden globe awards. with over 25 albums, unforgettable hit signals, and live performances that captivate artists around the world, diana ross still rings supreme. -- still reigns supreme. [applause] [cheering] [applause] then slowly --
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thence scully. [applause] with a voice that's considered a transcendede sports tomatoes. he found time to take us about life and love while chronicling routine plays and heroics. a victory and in defeat, his colorful accounts reverberated through the bleachers, and into our homes and imaginations. he is an american treasure and a beloved storyteller. our gratitude for thence scully is as profound for his love of the game. [applause]
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[applause] >> bruce f. springsteen. [applause] as a songwriter, humanitarian, america's rock and roll laureate, bruce springsteen is quite simply the boss. [laughter] through stories of ordinary people, from vietnam veterans to steelworkers, he carried the promise of american experience. bruce springsteen leaves everything on stage, an epic
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live communal performances that have rocked audiences for decades. he holds up a mirror to who we are, as americans chasing our dreams, and as human beings trying to do the right thing. there is a place where everyone in bruce springsteen's america. [applause] >> bruce! >> bruce! [applause] >> cecily tyson. [applause]
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tyson hasrs, cicely graced the stage with a lightning aggravating characters. her devotion to faith unconvincing quality for all americans, especially women of color, has touched audiences for multiple versions. from the autobiography of miss jane pittman to "sounder" to "the truth to bountiful," her performance is eliminated the extraordinary possibilities of america. the character of our people and the extraordinary possibilities of america. [applause]
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[cheers] [applause] pres. obama: so, just on a personal note, for of the reason these events are so special to me is because everyone on this stage has touched me in a very powerful, personal way. in ways that they probably could not imagine. whether it was having been inspired by a song, or a game, film, or a or a of newt, or in the case mineral, introducing me to
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michelle-- [laughter] these are folks who have helped and thinko i am, about my presidency. and what also makes this special is that this is america. when you think about this incredible election that this to realize is what makes us the greatest nation on earth. [applause] pres. obama: not because of our differences, but because in our difference, we find something common to share. what a great gift that is to america. i want all of you to enjoy the wonderful reception will be
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taking place afterwards. michelle and i have to get back to work unfortunately. [laughter] but i hear the food is pretty good. i would like all of you to give one big rousing round of applause to our 2016 honorees for the presidential medal of freedom. good job! [applause] [cheers] [applause]
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chatter] >> after the middle of the freedom ceremony, some of the
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arteries spoke with reporters in the eastern. orees spoke with reporters in the east room. we start with robert redford, followed by comments. -- by tom hanks. >> mr. redford, at what point did the environment become a passion in your career? robert: i had a case of polio when i was 11 years old. i was in bed for 2 weeks. my mother wanted to reward me, so she drove me to yosemite national park. it was in the late 1940's. when i saw the park, everything changed for me. i thought that i witnessed some kind of heaven. it was so powerful i said, i don't want to look at this, i want to be a part of this. it made that much of an impact on the. i decided whatever i did on my life, it will be celebrating that. steve: do you think you made a difference? robert: probably, some small
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difference. i don't know how much, but i would think a little bit. i don't know if it is lasting or not. [laughter] what was going through your mind when the president awarded you this civilian honor? robert: i wish my parents were alive. [laughter] i don't think either one of them saw this coming. thank you. >> thanks. oh man, this is like the golden globes. don't fight! steve: tom rice, among the most versatile actors. do you have them favorable -- a favorite role? tom: resort of overtake. there are favorite jobs. when we were all in "apollo 13," it was me, kevin bacon, bill paxton, we were stuck in their four hours per day. maybe the conversation got randy
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way.weird to have the opportunity to say funny things. steve: what was going through your head today? tom: god bless america, how could this happen to me? there are two moments, one is that the phone call when you are invited, and then when you find out who all else is invited. i am sitting next to grace hopper's great-niece, people who made all the equipment you are carrying possible. it is a humbling moment i much say. steve: there will be a new occupant of the white house in two months, donald j. trump. tom: i have heard that. is there a question there? this is the way it works, this is america. we will give it a shot. everybody does. we will see how things go. if the next demonstration is a great steward for america, then
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shoot, i will vote for his reelection, but if not, we will see what happens. want theee you, i msnbc -- watch the msnbc live. no, you just have a lot of time to get. i understand. [laughter] quite, everybody. >> mr. tom hanks. nice piece of bling you have there. voices that mean? tom: i was told it was a shield. a little disappointed. >> your wife actually videotaped the president's speech, as if they would not give you a copy of it. they are obviously proud. tom: they are. that means a great deal to the
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whole family. they are used to me going away for a long time and cranking out these movies, me coming back with artificial hair. -- with odd facial hair. e of my ownin thos field like robert redfield and robert de niro, their work means all the world to me. i can't say objectively what my contribution is to all of this. but i know the cinematic arts are important. i think i have done just enough to have a free tour of the white house, but i am coming home with something a better than the coffee cup from the gift shop. you got the chance to talk with the first woman on the moon. tom: she told me on apollo 13 jihad to work with software,


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