President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Diana Ross during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Basketball star Michael Jordan, actor Robert De Niro and music legend Bruce Springsteen were among the 21 people honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom Tuesday.During a ceremony at the White House President Barack Obama gave out the awards – the nation's highest civilian honor – for his last time to a diverse group of sports stars, scientists, artists and philanthropists.The star-studded group included actors Tom Hanks and Robert Redford, basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, cultural icon Diana Ross and comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres.While speaking on the accomplishments of DeGeneres, Obama lauded the comedian's courage for coming out as gay.Obama also praised actor De Niro's many iconic roles.
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