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President Barack Obama awarded the nation's highest civilian honor to 21 groundbreaking actors, musicians, athletes and innovators who inspired him over the years and "helped make me who I am".Obama called the 2016 group a "particularly impressive class".Obama noted how Jordan's name is synonymous with excellence.Obama also praised actor De Niro's many iconic roles.Obama said the people receiving the medal helped push America forward and inspired millions around the world. The White House said the president and his staff spend time considering a variety of candidates for the award, but ultimately, it's the president's decision.
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