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south pacific to center himself and to find release and relief from the rigors and the degradeations of the cities. >> and at 6:00 eastern, we visit the military aviation museum in virginia beach. >> this basically taught all of the military aviators, army and navy, how to fly. many guys never even saw an airplane coming from the farms and anywhere you can think of and the first airplane they saw steerman.eing >> on tuesday, president obama awarded 21 recipients the presidential medal of freedom. the nation's highest civilian award. honorees including former nba players kareem abdul-jabar and
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michael jordan. actors tom hanks, robert de niro, robert redford. singers, bruce springsteen and diana ross. this is about an hour and 10 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen, the recipients of the medal of freedom. kareem adbul-jabar. [applause]
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ellen degeneres. [applause]
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tom hanks. [applause] michael jordan. [applause] [applause] robert redford. [applause]
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bruce springsteen. [applause]
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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 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. but this is a particularly
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impressive class. [laughter] we have got innovators and artists, publicer is and haves, rabble-rousers, athletes, renowned character actors like the guy from "space jam." [laughter] we pay tribute to those distinguished individuals winning our highest honor, the presidential medal of freedom. let me tell you about each of them. first, we came close to missing out on a bill and melinda gates partnership because apparently bills openly
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- opening line was do you want to lease two weeks from this coming saturday? he is good with computers. [laughter] fortunately melinda believes in second chances and the world is better for it. for two decades, the gates foundation has worked to provide life saving medical care to millions, boosting clean water supplies, improving education , rallying dren against climate change, cutting childhood mortality in half. these-the-list could go on. these two have donated more money than name whenever you.
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by this and just about any other measure, few in human history have been more successful than these two impatient optimists. frank geary has never let popular acclaim reverse his impulse to defy convention. i was on outsider from the beginning, he said. for better or worse, i thrived on it. the child of poor jewish immigrants, frank grew up in los angeles and throughout his life he embraced the spirit of a city defined by an open horizon. he spent his life rethinking shapes. the idea of what architecture , uld be, he decided to up end constantly repurposes every
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aterial. is doing our dedication for our schools in guggenheim to chicago's millennium park to his home in santa monica which i understand caused some consternation among his neighbors. frank's work teaches us while buildings may be sturdy to the ground, they can lift our spirits and soar and broaden our horizons. when an undergraduate from appalachia first set foot, she tried to show that war is not just a victory or loose but bout individual lives. the project that maya lynn designed for her college class earned her barn plus and a permanent place in american history.
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so all of you b-plus students out there, the vietnam veteran's memorial has changed the way he think about monuments but also how we think about sacrifice and patriotism and ourselves. maya has given us more than places for remembering. she has created places for us to make new memories. sculptures, chapples, homes, physical acts of poetry, each reminding us that the most important element of art or architecture is human emotion. three minutes before armstrong d aldrin touched down on the the apollo's alarms triggered. they didn't have much time but thankfully they had margaret hamilton. a young m.i.t. scientist and a working mom in the 1960's. he led the team that created
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what allowed the eagle to land safely. there were no textbooks to follow. as margaret says, there was no choice but to be pioneers. luckily for us, margaret never stopped pioneering and she symbolizing that generation of unsung women who helped send human kind into space. her software architecture echoes in countless technologies today. the discovery that exists in every little girl and little boy who know that somehow to look beyond the heavens is to look deep beyond ourselves and figure out just what is possible. if flight is night and ed sunny born ht then hopper is -- in 1906. grace murray hopper followed her mother into mathematics.
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heroined her ph dd from yale and set out on a young and storied career. at age 37 and a full 15 -- below military guidelines, she joined the navy and was sent to work on ne of the first computers. she invented the first compiler. while a woman who pioneered software, the most prestigious award for young computer sinet itselfs now bears her name. from cell phones, cyber command, we can thank her for ushering in the information age and shaping our digital world. speaking of really smart people, in the summer of 1960, a
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physicist found themselves in the los alamos national laboratory. they paid the faculty for nine months but his family ate for 12. by the next summer, he helped create the hydrogen bomb. the e worked on reducing threat of nuclear war. ever since he was a kid, he never met a problem he couldn't solve. gps technology, touch screen on there's is fingerprints. where is it? where is he?
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he has advised every president since eisenhower. ather bluntly. a pretty smart guy he a genius ever met. i want to see this. all the scientists, we honor those who shape our culture. in the long and great career and two is raised by a hard-working mother but she may conscious decision to speak out. she made a conscious decision not just to salines but to speak out. i would not accept roles unless
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they projected us, particularly . men in a realistic light from "sounder" to the autobiography of miss jane pittman, it helps us see the dignity of every single member of the american family, and she is just gorgeous. [applause] yes, she is. in 1973, a critic wrote of robert de niro, this kid doesn't just act, he takes off into the vapors. it is true. his characters are iconic. a sicilian father, who turns into a mobster who runs a casino, needs therapy and a father law scared
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al capone. a mobster. robert with dramatic precision and it turns out comedic timing with a signature eye for detail. and while the name de niro is he is a ugh guy, director, philanthropist, cofounder of the tribeca film pennsylvania, learning the saxophone to remaking his body, he once said i feel i have to earn the right to play a part. and the result is honest and they think art that reveals who we really are. in 1976 lorne michaels implord the beatles to reunite on his brand new show.
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in exchange, he offered them $3,000. [laughter] and then he told him they can share it equally or they can give ringo a smaller cut, which was early proof that lorne michaels has a good sense of humor. on saturday night live, he created a show where our friends from his cheerleaders and deadbeats and lawyers show up and sometimes is on black jeopardy. [laughter] president obama: after four decades, even in this fractured media culture that we have got,
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s.l. snmbings a mainland into not just our counterculture but our culture. still a challenge to the powerful, especially fols like me. and yet even after all of these years, loren jokes his tombstone should bear a single word that is often found in the show's reviews. uneven. [laughter] s the current u.s. senator would say dog gone it, loren. that's why people like you. he produced a senator too. pretty impressive. ellen degeneres has a way of making you laugh at something rather than at someone. except when i danced on her show, she laughed at me, but that is ok. it is easy to forget now when we ave come so far.
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where now marriage is equal under the law. just how much courage was required for ellen 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 uflse to see somebody so full of kindness and light, somebody we liked so much, somebody who could be our neighbor or our colleague or our sister challenge our own assumptions. remind us that we have more in common than rerealize. pushed our country in the direction of justice. what an incredible burden that was to bear. to risk your career like that. people don't do that very often. and then to have the hopes of million ops your shoulders. -- on your shoulders. t is like ellen says, we all want tortilla chip that can support the weight of guacamole,
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which really makes no sense to me. [laughter] but i thought it would break the mood because i was getting kind f choked up. and she did pay a price. we don't remember this. i hadn't remembered it. she did. for a pretty long stretch of time. even in hollywood. day, in day, every inspires us to be better. one joke, one dance at a time. when the candidate wins his race 1972 film ic film --
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the same name. many of you are too young. he famously asked his campaign manager the question, what do we do now? like the man he played in that movie, robert redford has figured it out and applied his talent and charm to achieve success. we admire bob not just for his acting but figure ought what to do next. he has supported the national parks, national resources is one of the most formalist onservationists. he has given his unmatched charisma to unforgettable characters like ray hobbs, and of course the sundance kid,
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entertaining us for more than a half a century. he apparently drives so fast that he had breakfast in napa and dinner in salt lake. at 80 years young, robert redford has no plans to slow down. according to recent headlines, the movie "sully" is the last straw. we should never travel with tom hanks. you have pilots. plane crashes. you get marooned in airport purgatory. volcanoes. something happens with tom hanks and yet somehow we can't resist going where he wants to take us. he has been an accidental witness to history. a crusty women's baseball manager. a man who fell in love with megaryan three times. made it seem natural to have a
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volleyball as your best friend. from a philadelphia courtroom to nor mandy's beachheads, he to the dark side to have moon, he introduced us to america's unassuming heroes. tom said he just saw ordinary guy who is did the right thing at the right time. it takes one to know one. he has stood up to kieran with his beloved wife rita, supported space exploreation and he has always saved his best roles for real life. he is a good man, which is the best title you can have. so we have ino vators, entertainers. three more folks who have dedicates themselveses to public service. in the early 1960's, thousands of cuban children fled to america seeking an education they would never get back home. one refugee was a 15-year-old. his life changed when he
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enrolled at miami-dade college. that decision led to a bachelors degree and then a masters and then a ph. -- pitched a. he made a choice to create more stories like his. as miami-dade's president since 195, he has built a dream factory for one of our nation's most diverse student bodies. 165,000 students in all. he is one of the world's preeminent education leaders thinking out of the box, supporting students throughout their lives, embodying the belief that we're only as great it is a doors we open. eduardo's example is one we can all follow. a champion of striving for the american dream that first drove him to our shores. when she first filed a lawsuit
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to recover land and money for her people, she said i just wanted to give it to people who didn't have it. to address the mismanagement of american indian lands, resources, trust funds wasn't about special treatment but equal treatment at the heart of the american promise. she fought for almost 15 years across three presidents, seven trials, 10 appearances before a federal appeals court. all the while she traveled the country some 40 weeks a year telling the story of her people. in the end this graduate of a one-room schoolhouse became a mac arthur genius. she reached ultimately a historic victory for all native americans. through through sheer force of will. she overcame the longest odds reminding us that fighting for what is rights is always worth
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it. every journal history in the room, every media critic knows the phase the vast waste land but the two words he prefers we emember are public interest. that has been the heart beat of his life's work. leading the f.c.c. when newt helped launch the first communication satellites making nationwide broadcasts possible and g.p.s. possible, he predicted it would be more important than the moon landing. this will launch ideas into space, he said. ideas last long thearn people. as far as i know he is the only one who was present on my first with michelle.
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[laughter] imagine our surprise when we saw nute, one of our bosses that summer, at the movie theater. do the right thing. he has been vital to my personal nterest. finally, we honor the all-time greats in sports and music. a game of baseball of signature sounds. the crack of the bat. the crowd singing in the seventh inning stretch and you have the voice of vin scully. most fans listen to the broadcast when they can't be at the ballpark. you didn't want to miss one of vicinity's stories. most play by play announcers partner with an analyst in the
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booth. vin worked alone and talked just with us. since jackie robinson started at second base, vin talking us the game and introduced us to its players and narrated the probable years, the impossible heroics, turned contests into conversations. when he heard about the honor, he asked 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 citation which would have been very cool, but -- [applause] i thought we should not make him sing for his supper like that. here is how great
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kareem a b dual jabar was. 1967, he spent a year dominating college basketball. the ncaa bans the dunk. they didn't say it was about kareem but it was about kareem. when a sport changes its rules, to make it harder just for you, you are really good. [laughter] [applause] yet, despite the rule change, it was the most unstoppable force. title he held for more than o decades winning m.v.p. finals m.v.p.s a staggering 14
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years apart. bless you. and a surprisingly similar looking co-pilots once said in the movie "airplane." we have some great actors here. "space jam." "airplane." he did it all while dragging walton and lanier up the court for 48 minutes. the reason we honor kareem is not just a pair of goggles and the skyhook. he stood up for his muslim faith when it wasn't easy and it wasn't popular. he is as comfortable sparing th bruce lee as he is with advocating on capitol hill. physically, intellectually and spiritually, kareem is one of a ind. when he was 5 years old, michael
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jordan nearly cut off his big toe with an axe. his handle needed a little work. if things had gone differently, air jordans might not have ever taken place. you don't want to buy a shoe with like one toe missing. [laughter] we may have never seen him switch hand mid-air against the lakers or drop 63 in the garden or gut it out in the flu game or hit the shot three different time over georgetown or russell. we might not have seen him take on larry bird in horse. or lift up the sport globally along with the dream team. yet m.j. is still more than those moments. more than just the best player on the two greatest teams of all time. the dream team and the 1996
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chicago bulls. [applause] he is more than just a logo. more than just an internet meme. more than just a charitable donor or business owner commilted to diversity. there is a reason you call somebody the michael jordan of -- ichael jordan of neurosurgery. the michael jordan of outrigor canoeing. they know what you're talking about. because michael jordan is the michael jordan of greatness. he is the definition of somebody so good at what they do that everybody recognizes him. hat's pretty rare. as a child, diana ross loved single for family and friends,
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but not for free. she was smart enough to pass the hat. later she made mary wilson and florence ballard. their neighbor, smoky robinson put them in front of barry gordy and the rest was magic. music history. the supremes earned a permanent place in the american sound track along with her honey voice, her soulful sensibility, diane i exuded glamour and grace and filled stages that helped to shape the sound of motown. on top of becominging one of the most successful recording artists of all time, raised five kids and somehow earned an oscar nomination for acting, today from the hip-hop that samples her to the youngsters inspired by her to the audiences that still cannot get enough of her, diana ross' influence is as
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inescapable as ever. he was sprung from a cage out on highway 9. [laughter] quiet kid from jersey trying to make sense of the mysteries that dotted his hometown, pool halls, girls, cars, alters and assembly lines. for decades, bruce spring streen , the ought us all along simple glories and scattered heartbreak of every day life in america. to create one of his biggest hits, he said i wanted to create a record that sounded like the last record on earth. the last one you'd ever need to hear. one glorious noise. then the apocalypse. every restless kid was given "born to run."
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he didn't stop there. once he told us about himself, he told us about everyone else. the steel worker in youngstown. "born in the u.s.a.." the sick and margin alliesed on the streets of philadelphia. the young soldier reckonning with devils and dust in iraq. the communities knocked down by recklessness and and the recking ball. all of us with our thoughts and failings, every color and class and creed bound together by a restless train. these are the anthems of our america, the reality of who we are and the revelry of who we want want to be. the hallmark of a rock 'n' roll band bruce springsteen said the nair ravet you tell together is
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bigger than anyone could tell on their own. little stephen, a jersey girl named patty, bruce springsteen has been carrying the rest of us on his journey asking what is the work for us to do in our short time here? i am the president. he is the boss. [laughter] and pushing 70, he is still laying down four-hour live sets, if you have not been at them, he is working. fire breathing rock 'n' roll. so i thought twice about giving him a medal named for freedom because we hope he remains in his words a prisoner of rock 'n' roll for years to come. so i told you this is like a really good class. [laughter] ladies and gentlemen, i want you all to give it up for the recipients of the 2016 presidential medal of freedom. applause
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pplause president obama: it is a good group. all right. we have to actually give them medals. [laughter] o please be patient. we are going to have my aideread the citations. each one of them is going to come up and receive their medal and then we'll wrap up the program. let's hit it. >> kareem adbul-jabar. [applause] [laughter]
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>> an iconoclast law player with his all-around play and signature skyhook. e is a 19 time all-star, six-time world champion and the leading scorer in nba history. he advocated for civil rights, cancer research and social justice. in doing so, he leaves a towering legacy of compassion, faith and service to others. a legacy not only ace on his strengths but also on the sharpness of his mind. and the size of his heart. [applause]
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>> kurt cobell, accepting the medal in honor of his mother, elouise cobell. yellow bird woman. [applause] >> a member of the blackfeet nation, elouise cobell spent her defying the odds and working on life behalf of the people. as a young woman, she was told she was not capable of understanding accounting. so she mastered the field and user expertise to champion a lawsuit whose historic settlement has helped restore tribal homeland to her beloved tribe and many other tribes. today, her tenacious and unwavering spirit lives on in the thousands of people and hundreds of tribes for whom she fought, and all those she taught
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to believe it is never too late to right the wrongs of the past and help shape a better future. [applause] >> ellen degeneres. [applause] [laughter] >> in a career spending three decades, ellen degeneres 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 and candor helped change the hearts and lives of many
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americans, accelerating our nation's constant drive towards acceptance for all. again and again, ellen degeneres has shown us that a single individual to make the world a more fun, more open, more loving place, so long as we just keep swimming. [applause] >> robert de niro. [applause] >> for over 50 years, robert de niro has delivered some of the screen's most memorable performances, cementing his
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place as one of the most gifted actors of his generation. from "the godfather part two" to "the deer hunter," he is relentlessly dedicated to his craft, embodies his characters, creating rich, nuanced portraits affecting second part of the human experience. regardless of genre or era, robert continues to demonstrate that extraordinary skill that has made him one of america's most revered artists. [applause] >> richard l. garwin. [applause]
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>> one of the most renowned of -- renowned scientists of our time, dr. richard garwin has answered the call to solve some of society's most challenging problems. he has given technologies that underscore the importance of humanity to control the spread of nuclear arms. through his advice to democratic and republicans since eisenhower, his inventions have powered technology for our modern world. he is not only contributed to this nation's security and prosperity, but quality of life for people all over the world. [applause]
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>> william h. gates, iii and melinda french gates. [applause] >> few people have had the profound global impact of bill and melinda gates. through their work through their foundation, they have demonstrated how the most capable and fortunate among us have a responsibility to use their talents and resources to tackle the world's greatest challenges. from helping women and girls lifted themselves and their families out of poverty, to empowering and minds across america, they have transformed countless lives with their generosity and innovation. bill and melinda gates continue to inspire us with their optimism that together we can remake the world as it should be. [applause]
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>> frank gehry. [applause] >> never limited by conventional materials, style, or processes, his bold and thoughtful structures show architectures ability to revitalize communities.
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a creative mind from an early age, he began his career by building imaginary homes and cities from scrap material from his grandfather's hardware store. since then, he balances between experimentation and functionality, and is great as some of our most iconic buildings. from his pioneering use of technology, from the dozens of awe-inspiring sights that they are his signature style come into his public service as a signature artist through his work with turnaround arts, frank gehry has proven himself an exemplary person. [applause] >> margaret hayfield hamilton. [applause]
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>> a pioneer in technology, or is margaret hamilton defined new forms of software engineering and helped launch an industry that would forever change human history. her software architecture led to giant leaps for human kind, writing the code that helped america set foot on the moon. she broke barriers in founding her own software businesses, revolutionizing an industry and inspiring countless women to participate in stem fields. her love of exploration and innovation are the source code of the american spirit, and her genius has inspired generations to reach for the stars. [applause]
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>> thomas j. hanks. [applause] >> throughout a distinguished film career, tom hanks has revealed the character of america, as well as his own. retrain war heroes, and astronaut, a ship captain, a cartoon cowboy, a young man growing up too fast and dozens of others, he has allowed us to see ourselves as we are and as we aspire to be. on-screen and off, tom hanks has honor the sacrifices of those who have served our nation, called on us all to think big and to believe, and inspired a new generation of young people to reach for the sky. [laughter] [applause]
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>> debra murray excepting on behalf of her great aunt grace mary hopper. [applause] >> as a child who loved disassembling alarm clocks, admiral grace murray hopper found her calling early, with a phd from yale, known today as the queen of code, grace hopper's work helps make coding language more accessible and practical. she invented the first compiler or translator, a fundamental aspect of our digital world. amazing grace made the language
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of commuter programming -- computer programming more universal. we honor her contributions to computer science and the sense of possibility she inspired in the generations of young people. [applause] >> michael j. jordan. [applause] [laughter] >> powered by a drive to compete that earned him every major award in basketball, including six nba championships, five most valuable player awards, and gold medals, michael jordan's name
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has become synonymous with excellence. his wagging tongue and highflying dunks the defined, making him a global superstar that transcended basketball and shaped our larger culture. from chicago, to the owner suite he occupies today, his life and example have inspired millions of americans to strive to be like mike. [applause] maya y. lin. [applause]
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>> boldly challenging our understanding of the world, maya lin's designs have brought people of all walks of life together in spirits of remembrance, introspection, and humility. the manipulation of natural terrain and topography within her works inspires us to bridge our differences and recognize the gravity of our collective existence. her pieces have changed the landscape of our country and influenced the dialogue of our society. never more profoundly than with her tribute to the americans who fell in vietnam, by cutting a wound into the earth to create a sacred place of healing in our nation's capital. [applause]
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>> lorne michaels. [applause] >> one of the most transformative entertainment figures of our time, lorne michaels followed his dreams to new york city, where he created a sketch show that brought satire, wits, and modern comedy to homes around the world. under his meticulous command as executive producer, "saturday night live" has entertained audiences across generations, reflecting and shaping critical elements of our cultural, political, and national life. lorne michaels' 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 who follow. as one of his show's signature characters would say, well, isn't that special? [laughter] [applause]
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newton n. minow. [applause] >> as a soldier, counsel to the governor of illinois, chairman of the federal communications commission, and law clerk to the chief justice of the supreme court, newton minow's career has been defined by his devotion to others. deeply committed to his family, the law, and the american people, his dedication to serving and empowering the public is reflected in his efforts to ensure that broadcast media educates and provides opportunity for all. challenging the media to better serve their viewers, his staunch commitment to the power of ideas and information has transformed telecommunications and its influential role in our society. [applause]
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>> dr. eduardo j. padron. [applause] >> as a teenage refugee from cuba, eduardo padron came to the united states to pursue the american dream, and he has spent his life making that dream real for others. as president of the community college he once attended, his thoughtful leadership and commitment to education have transformed miami-dade college into one of the premier learning institutions in the country, earning him praise around the
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world. his personal story and lasting professional influence prove that success need not be determined by our background, but by our dedication to others, our passion for creating an america that is as inclusive as it is prosperous. [applause] >> robert redford. [applause] >> robert redford has captivated audiences from both sides of the camera through entertaining motion pictures that often explore vital social, political,
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and historical themes. his lifelong advocacy on behalf of preserving our environment will prove as an enduring legacy as will his award-winning films, as will his pioneering support for independent filmmakers across america. his art and activism continue to shape our nation's cultural heritage, inspiring millions to laugh, cry, think, and change. [applause] >> diana ross. [applause] >> a daughter -- [laughter] >> a daughter of detroit, diana ross helped create the sound of motown with her iconic voice.
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from her groundbreaking work with the supremes, to a solo career that has spanned decades, she has influenced generations of young artists and shaped our nation's musical landscape. in addition to a grammy lifetime achievement award and countless musical accolades, diana ross has distinguished herself as an actor, earning an oscar nomination and a golden globe award. with over 25 albums, unforgettable hit singles, and live performances that continue to captivate audiences around the world, diana ross still reigns supreme. [applause]
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>> next up, vin scully. [applause] >> with a voice that transcended a sport and transformed a profession, vin scully narrated america's pastime for generations of fans. known to millions as the soundtrack of summer, he found time to teach us about life and love while chronicling routine plays and historic heroics. in victory and in defeat, his colorful accounts reverberated through the bleachers, across the airwaves, and into our homes and imaginations. he is an american treasure and a beloved storyteller, and our country's gratitude for vin scully is as profound as his love for the game. [applause]
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>> bruce f. springsteen. [applause] as a songwriter, humanitarian, america's rock 'n' roll laureate, and new jersey's greatest ambassador, bruce springsteen is quite simply the boss. through stories about ordinary people, from vietnam veterans to steelworkers, his songs captured the pain and the promise of the american experience. with his legendary e street
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band, bruce springsteen leaves everything onstage in epic, communal live performances that have rocked audiences for decades. with empathy and honesty, 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 for everyone in bruce springsteen's america. [applause] >> bruce! bruce! [applause] >> cicely tyson. [applause]
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>> for 60 years, cicely tyson has graced the screen and the stage, enlightening us with her groundbreaking characters and calls to conscious humility and hope. her achievements as an actor, her devotion to her faith, and her commitment to advancing equality for all americans, especially women of color, have touched audiences of multiple generations. from "the autobiography of miss jane pittman" to "sounder" to "the trip to bountiful," cicely tyson's performances illuminate the character of our people and the extraordinary possibilities of america. [applause]
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president obama: so just on a personal note, part of the reason these events are so special, everyone on this stage has touched me in a very powerful, personal way, in ways that they probably couldn't imagine, whether it was having been inspired by a song or a film, or atory or a , or in the case of one,
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introducing me to michelle. helpedre folks who have aboute who i am and think my presidency. and what also makes it special , and it's america useful when you think about this incredible collection of people is whatze that this makes us the greatest nation on earth. [applause] not because of our differences, but because in our difference, we find something, and to share, and what a glorious thing that is. what a great gift that is to america. so i want all of you to enjoy
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the wonderful reception that will be taking place afterwards. backlle and i have to get to work, unfortunately, but i hear the food is pretty good, and i would like all of you to rousing round of applause to our 2016 honorees for the presidential medal of freedom. we are done. [applause]
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>> on wednesday, president obama
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and the first family served thanksgiving mills to residents of the armed forces retirement home in washington. it's home to 405 previously enlisted servicemembers who represent every campaign since world war i. the president serve the turkey and gravy briefly chatted with veterans and workers as i went through the line. ha provided the dressing and cranberry sauce.
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>> on the next washington journal, former new york which in governor betsy mccoy discusses the future of the ,ealth care law and her book the obama health care law, what it says and how to overturn it. benjamin shriver talks about how environmental groups are reacting to donald trump's energy agenda. and brian bennett looks at immigration proposals. we will take your calls and you can join the conversation on facebook and twitter as well. a.m. eastern on c-span. >> every weekend, book tv brings
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you 48 hours of nonfiction books and authors. here's what's coming up this weekend. baron, circuit judge for the u.s. court of appeals for the first circuit provides a history of the debate between the executive and legislative ranch over the constitutional right to declare book waging war, the clash between presidents and congress, 1776-isis. joining him in philadelphia is theodore ruger, dean at the use -- university of pennsylvania law school. >> the two universities are in a dance with each other all the time, congress checking the president, backing down from the president, presidents being worried about taking it too far. >> sunday 9:00 p.m. eastern, gary young looks at gun deaths in america over a 24-hour period in his book, a chronicle of 10
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short lives. he's interviewed by a staff writer for the atlantic. broader societal thing which dehumanizes people. i think there is a real problem, once you start saying he was in a student, then there's a suggestion that there's a grade you can get where it would be worth it for them to be killed. >> go to book for the complete schedule. >> now, a discussion about the future of facebook messenger and the federal investigation of employee ambling at the daily fantasy sports site called draft kings. this is from september.
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this is about 45 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome your disrupt mc and tech writer, jordan crook. ♪ jordan: what's up, guys? so happy to be back here. a favorite thing for me in san francisco. this is it, literally. you guys live in a great city. congratulations. i want to welcome you to the hunger games. we're going to have a blast. it is early and you guys are never going to laugh at my jokes. we have an amazing lineup. a couple of things before we get started. we will use #disrupt. directly into the conversation. go ahead and do that now. without further do, i will b


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