Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Elen DeGeneres, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Maya Lin, Lorne Michaels, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Bill Gates and Cicely Tyson are among this years awardees of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. They are Obama’s last batch of honorees; he’s given more awards than any previous president.
“It’s useful, when you think about this incredible collection of people, to realize this is what makes us the greatest nation on earth,” the President said. “Not because of our differences, but because in our differences we find something in common to share. And what a glorious gift that is.”
The medal ceremony, a good reminder of what a genuine presidential demeanor looks like, is available streamed below.