2016 & 2017 Presidential Medal of Freedom

Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Awarded for “a meritorious act or service which has aided the United States in the prosecution of a war against an enemy or enemies and for which an award of another United States medal or decoration is considered inappropriate”

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Executive Order signed by President John F. Kennedy establishing the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as the first ceremony bestowing the honor on an inaugural class of 31 recipients. Since that time, more than 500 exceptional individuals from all corners of society have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

President Obama said, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours. This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation’s gratitude.”

November 16, 2016

President Obama Names Recipients of the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards will be presented at the White House on November 22th.

President Obama said, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor – it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better. From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.”

The following individuals will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Elouise Cobell (posthumous)
Ellen DeGeneres
Robert De Niro
Richard Garwin
Bill and Melinda Gates
Frank Gehry
Margaret H. Hamilton
Tom Hanks
Grace Hopper (posthumous)
Michael Jordan
Maya Lin
Lorne Michaels
Newt Minow
Eduardo Padrón
Robert Redford
Diana Ross
Vin Scully
Bruce Springsteen
Cicely Tyson

For the entire article: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/16/president-obama-names-recipients-presidential-medal-freedom

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November 22, 2016
President Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to recipients
White House

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January 12, 2017
President Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom
to Vice President Joseph Biden

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13 thoughts on “2016 & 2017 Presidential Medal of Freedom

  1. WH

    Monday, November 21, 2016

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  2. 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom

    November 16, 2016

    President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards will be presented at the White House on November 22th.

    President Obama said, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor – it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better. From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.”

    For the entire article: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/16/president-obama-names-recipients-presidential-medal-freedom

    • November 22, 2016

      Remarks by the President at Presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

      East Room

      3:13 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, hello, hello! Hey! Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. Everybody, please have a seat. We’ve got some work to do here. (Laughter.) 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 impressive class. We’ve got innovators and artists. Public servants, rabble rousers, athletes, renowned character actors — like the guy from Space Jam. (Laughter.) We pay tribute to those distinguished individuals with our nation’s highest civilian honor — the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

      Now, let me tell you a little bit about each of them.

      First, we came close to missing out on Bill and Melinda Gates’ incredible partnership. Because apparently Bill’s opening line was, “Do you want to go out two weeks from this coming Saturday?” (Laughter.) He’s good with computers, but — (laughter.)

      Fortunately, Melinda believes in second chances. And the world is better for it. For two decades, the Gates Foundation has worked to provide lifesaving medical care to millions — boosting clean water supplies, improving education for our children, rallying aggressive international action on climate change, cutting childhood mortality in half. The list could go on.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/22/remarks-president-presentation-presidential-medal-freedom

    • January 12, 2017

      Remarks by the President and the Vice President in Presentation of the Medal of Freedom to Vice President Joe Biden

      State Dining Room

      3:50 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hey! All right, that’s enough. Don’t want to embarrass the guy. (Laughter.)

      Welcome to the White House, everybody. As I have already delivered my farewell address, I will try to be relatively brief. But I just wanted to get some folks together to pay tribute to somebody who has not only been by my side for the duration of this amazing journey, but somebody who has devoted his entire professional life to service to this country, the best Vice President America has ever had, Mr. Joe Biden. (Applause.)

      This also gives the Internet one last chance to talk about our bromance. (Laughter.) This has been quite a ride. It was eight and a half years ago that I chose Joe to be my Vice President. There has not been a single moment since that time that I’ve doubted the wisdom of that decision. He was the best possible choice, not just for me, but for the American people. This is an extraordinary man with an extraordinary career in public service. This is somebody the people of Delaware sent to the Senate as quickly as they possibly could. (Laughter.)

      Elected at age 29, for more than a dozen years apiece he served as chair or ranking member of the Judiciary and Foreign Relation Committees. Domestically, he championed landmark legislation to make our communities safer, to protect our women from violence. Internationally, his wisdom and capacity to build relationships that shaped our nation’s response to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, to counterterrorism, Iraq, Afghanistan.

      And for the past eight years, he could not have been a more devoted or effective partner in the progress that we’ve made. He fought to make college more affordable and revitalize American manufacturing as the head of our Middle Class Task Force. He suited up for our Cancer Moonshot, giving hope to millions of Americans touched by this disease.

      He led our efforts to combat gun violence, and he rooted out any possible misappropriations that might have occurred. And as a consequence, the Recovery Act worked as well as just about any largescale stimulus project has ever worked in this country. He visited college after college — and made friends with Lady Gaga (laughter) — for our “It’s On Us” campaign against campus sexual assault. And when the Pope visited, Joe was even kind enough to let me talk to His Holiness, as well. (Laughter.)

      Behind the scenes, Joe’s candid, honest counsel has made me a better President and a better Commander-in-Chief. From the Situation Room to our weekly lunches, to our huddles after everybody else has cleared out of the room, he’s been unafraid to give it to me straight, even if we disagree — in fact, especially if we disagree.

      And all of this makes him, I believe, the finest Vice President we have ever seen.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/12/remarks-president-and-vice-president-presentation-medal-freedom-vice

  3. The Obamas are going bicoastal

    November 20, 2016 | 12:41pm By Richard Johnson – PageSix

    The Obamas are moving into a nine-bedroom mansion in the Kalorama section of Washington — the posh neighborhood of diplomats and DC old money — while younger daughter Sasha finishes high school at Sidwell Friends. But they have apparently been buying real estate elsewhere, too.

    According to sources, the Obamas have purchased a house in Rancho Mirage, Calif., not far from Sunnylands, the former Annenberg estate, which presidents use as a getaway and which is thought of as the unofficial West Coast Camp David.

    Rancho Mirage, where Gerald Ford retired, is a top destination for golf — a favorite pastime of President Obama. The local daily newspaper, the Desert Sun, has reported rumors of such a sale for more than a year. But sources say now it’s a done deal.

    The Obamas are also said to have bought a holiday getaway in Obama’s childhood home state of Hawaii.

    Folks in the know believe that Los Angeles-based interior designer Michael S. Smith will be in charge of decorating both properties.

    Smith has a home in Rancho Mirage that the Obamas have visited on several occasions; has decorated the White House for them; and his life partner, James Costos, is the current ambassador to Spain and Andorra.

    For more : http://pagesix.com/2016/11/20/the-obamas-are-going-bicoastal/?_ga=1.164541820.231881914.1452126755

  4. After a performance on November 18, 2016, with Vice President-elect Mike Pence in the audience, Brandon Victor Dixon addressed Pence from the stage with a statement jointly written by the cast, show creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, and producer Jeffrey Seller. Dixon began by thanking Pence for attending the performance, and stated:

    “We, sir—we—are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights. We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”

    Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/mike-pence-donald-trump-hamilton_us_5831bbf8e4b058ce7aab9dd7

  5. November 21, 2016

    Remarks of Dr. Jill Biden at a Joining Forces Event on Military Family Mental Health and Wellbeing as Prepared for Delivery

    The Pentagon

    Good afternoon. It’s so wonderful to be with all of you today, and very special to be at the Pentagon. Thank you General Lengyel and Sally, Chief Master Sergeant Brush and Blair for your leadership and for hosting us today.

    The Biden family is a National Guard family. So, it’s incredibly special that my last event at the Pentagon as Second Lady is to witness this National Guard milestone.

    Eight years ago, our son Beau proudly deployed for year to Iraq with the Delaware Army National Guard 261st Signal Brigade in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. When Beau returned home — knowing that Mrs. Obama and I had begun to plan the work eventually known as Joining Forces — he asked that we especially focus on de-stigmatizing and addressing the wounds that could not seen: such as PTSD and TBI. The length of those wars and multiple deployments had naturally taken its toll. And we needed to address the mental wellbeing of our military upfront with dignity and respect.

    Through our Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama and I have done all that we could to shine a light on military families — to raise awareness for the challenges they confront, and still confront, that most Americans never have to face or could even imagine. Not because they’re asking for attention — in fact, as you all know, our military families are self-reliant and resilient — rather, it’s our sacred obligation to support and honor them not only at war but when they return home as well.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/21/remarks-dr-jill-biden-joining-forces-event-military-family-mental-health

  6. Obama Administration Protects 30,000 Acres from New Mining Claims near Yellowstone National Park

    November 21, 2016 doi.gov

    PRAY, Mont. – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined Under Secretary of Agriculture Robert Bonnie, U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Montana Governor Steve Bullock to announce actions to protect important land near Yellowstone National Park from the threat of mining.

    New mining claims will now be prohibited on approximately 30,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land near the park’s northern entrance. The segregation will be in effect for two years while the Departments of Interior and Agriculture evaluate whether to withdraw this land from new mining claims for an additional 20 years, consistent with the Secretary’s authority.

    “There are good places to mine for gold, but the doorstep of Yellowstone National Park is not one of them,” said Secretary Jewell. “As we celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service, today’s action helps ensure that Yellowstone’s watershed, wildlife and the tourism-based economy of local communities will not be threatened by the impacts of mineral development.”

    For more: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/obama-administration-protects-30000-acres-new-mining-claims-near-yellowstone-national

  7. WH

    Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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