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Jun 01, 2024
ladies and gentlemen Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Turk kobel accepting on behalf of Eloise Cobell Ellen DeGeneres Robert De Niro Richard Garwin Bill and Melinda Gates Frank Gary Margaret Hamilton Tom Hanks Deborah Marie accepting on behalf of Grace Hopper Michael Jordan Maya Lin Michaels we knew we know Eduardo padrón Robert Redford Diana Ross Vin Scully Bruce Springsteen Sisley Tyson ladies and gentlemen the vice president of the United States is well ladies and gentlemen the president of the United States and Mrs. Michelle Obama thank you thank you thank you very much thank you everyone, please take a seat, we have work to do here, this is not just fun and games, welcome everyone to the White House, today we celebrate the extraordinary Americans who lifted our spirits, strengthened our Union and propelled us toward progress .
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, but this is a particularly impressive class, we have innovators and artists, public servants, agitators, athletes, big-name actors like the guy from Space Jam. We honor these distinguished individuals with our nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Now let me tell you a little about each of them, first we almost missed an amazing partnership between Bill and Melinda Gates because apparently Bill's opening line was do you want to go out two weeks from next Saturday? I mean, he's good with computers, but luckily Melinda believes in second chances and the world is better for two decades.
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The Gates Foundation has worked to provide life-saving healthcare to millions. Boost clean water supplies. Improve the education of our children. Drive aggressive international action on climate change. reduce infant mortality by half the list could go on these two have donated more money to charitable causes than anyone many years ago Melinda's mother told her an old saying to know that even a life has breathed easier because you lived that is success This is why by almost any other measure, few in human history have been more successful than these two impatient optimists. Frank Geary has never allowed popular acclaim to reverse his impulse to challenge convention.
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I was an outsider from the beginning, he was. Says, for better or worse, I prospered because of it, the child of poor Jewish immigrants Frank grew up in Los Angeles and throughout his life embraced the spirit of a city defined by an open horizon. He spent his life rethinking forms and media seemingly the force of gravity itself the idea of ​​what architecture could be decided Upend constantly reusing every material available, from titanium to paper towels, is inspiring our next generation through his advocacy of art education in our schools, from the Guggenheim to Bilbao, to Chicago's Millennium Park, from our hometown to his home in Santa Monica, which I understand caused some consternation among The work of his neighbors Frank teaches us that, although buildings can be sturdy and fixed to the ground, like all great art, they can lift our spirits, they can soar and broaden our horizons when a student from rural Appalachia first set foot on the National Mall many years ago.
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She was trying to find a way to show that war is not just about victory or loss, but that it is about individual lives. She considered how the landscape could shape that message and not the other way around. The project Maya Lin designed for her college class earned her a b-plus and a permanent place in American history, so all you b-plus students, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has changed the way how we think about monuments, but also how we think about sacrifice, patriotism and ourselves. Maya has given us more. than just places to remember, she has created places for us to create new memories, her sculptures, chapels, homes, our physical acts of poetry, each of which reminds us that the most important element in art or architecture is the human emotion, three minutes before Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon.
Apollo 11 lunar lander alarms activate red and yellow lights across the board. Our astronauts didn't have much time, but fortunately they had Margaret Hamilton, a young MIT scientist and working mother in the '60s. Margaret led the team that created the onboard flight software that allowed the Eagle to land safely and take into account Keep in mind that at that time software engineering was not even a field and there were still no textbooks to follow, so as Margaret says, there was no choice but to be pioneers, fortunately for us, Margaret never stopped being a pioneer and She symbolizes that generation of anonymous women who helped usher and send humanity into space, her software architecture echoes countless technologies today, and her example speaks to the American spirit of discovery that exists in every girl and boy who knows what to do.
Somehow to look beyond the heavens is to look deep within ourselves and discover what is possible if the right thing is to fly and Edison is light then Hopper is a code born in 1906 Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper followed her mother into mathematics she obtained her doctorate at Yale and embarked on a long and storied career At age 37 and 15 pounds under military guidelines, the brave and colorful Grace joined the Navy and was sent to work on one of the first computers, the brand of Harvard, which saw beyond the limits of the possible and invented the first compiler that allowed programs.
It must be written in a common language and then translated for computers to understand, while the women who pioneered the software were often overlooked. The most prestigious award for young computer scientists now bears their name from cell phones to Cyber ​​Command We can thank Grace Hopper for opening programming to millions more people, helped usher in the information age and profoundly shaped our digital world. Talking about really smart people in the summer of 1950. A young physicist from the University of Chicago found himself at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dick Garwin was there, he said, because Chicago paid his teachers. nine months but his family ate 412.
So the following summer Dick had helped create the hydrogen bomb and for the rest of his life he dedicated himself to reducing the threat of nuclear war. Dick is not just an architect of the atomic age since he was a Cleveland boy playing with his father's movie projectors he has never encountered a problem he didn't want to solve reconnaissance satellites magnetic resonance GPS technology touch screen has his fingerprints he even patented a seafood muscle washer that I haven't used other things I have where is it? Dick has advised nearly every president since Eisenhower, often quite directly.
Enrico Fermi, a pretty smart guy is also said to have called Dick the only true genius he ever knew. uh, I want to see this muscle washer along with these. scientists, artists and thinkers, we also honor those who have shaped our culture from stage and screen over their long and extraordinary careers. Cicely Tyson has not only surpassed herself as an actress, but she has marked the course of history. Sicilia was never the most likely of Hollywood stars. The daughter of West Indian immigrants, she was raised by a hard-working, religious mother who cleaned houses and forbade her children from going to the movies, but once she got her education and broke into the business, Sicilia made the conscious decision to not just say lines. but to speak, she would not accept roles, she said, unless they cast particularly us women in a realistic light and treated us as human beings and from Sounder to the trip to Bountiful and the autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.
Sicilia and Grace's convictions have helped us see the dignity of every beautiful member of the American family and she is simply beautiful, yes she is, in 1973 a critic wrote about Robert De Niro, this child not only acts, he throws towards the vapors and it was true that his characters are iconic the Sicilian father turned New York gangster a gangster who runs a casino a gangster who needs therapy a father-in-law who is scarier than a gangster Al Capone a gangster Robert combines dramatic precision and He is comical with his characteristic eye for detail and although the name De Niro is synonymous with tough guy, his true gift is the sensitivity that he brings to each role.
This son of the New York artist did not limit himself to becoming one of the great actors in the world. He is also a director, a philanthropist, and co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival. authentic that reveals who we really are in 1976 Lauren Michaels implored The Beatles to reunite at her new show in exchange, offered them three thousand dollars and then told them they could wear matching T-shirts or they could give Ringo a smaller share, which which was early proof that Lauren Michaels has a good sense of humor on Saturday. Night Live has created a world where a no-name band becomes comedy's biggest stars, where our friends the Coneheads, the cheerleaders, the land sharks, the basement bums, the motivational speakers and a defrosted caveman lawyer show up and Tom Hanks is on Black Jeopardy, thanks after four. decades, even in this fractured media culture that we have, SNL is still a date to see a continent not just in our counterculture but in our culture, it's still a challenge to the powerful, especially people like me, um and yet, Even after all these years, Lauren jokes that her Tombstone should carry only one word often found in reviews of the uneven show, as a current US senator would say, damn it, Lauren, that's why That people like you, he has produced a senator too, is pretty impressive.
Ellen DeGeneres has a way of making you laugh on some. thing instead of someone, except when I danced in her show, she laughed at me, but that's okay, it's easy to forget now that we've come so far that marriage is now equal under the law, how much courage it took for Ellen to leave in the most public settings almost 20 years ago, how important it was not only for the LGBT community but for all of us to see someone so

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of goodness and light, someone we liked so much, someone who could be our neighbor or ours. colleague or our sister questioning our own assumptions reminds us that we have more in common than we think to push our country in the direction of Justice what an incredible burden it was to risk your career that way people don't do that very often and then have the hopes of Millions on your shoulders, but it's like Ellen saying we all want a tortilla chip that can support the weight of guacamole, which really doesn't make sense to me.
Which I thought would break the mood because I was getting nice. of stifled laughter and she paid a price, we don't remember this, she hadn't remembered, she did it for a pretty long period of time, even in Hollywood, and yet today, every day, in every way, Allen counters what that too often divides us. The countless things that unite us inspire us to be better, one joke, one dance at a time, as the candidate wins his race in the iconic 1972 film of the same name, which, by the way, continues for those of you who haven't seen it. seen and Many of You Are Too Young to be perhaps the best film about what politics was really like.
He asks his campaign manager the thoughtful and revealing question: What do we do now? And, like the man he played in that movie, Robert Redford has figured it out. and he applied his talent and charm to achieve success. We admire Bob not only for his remarkable performance but for figuring out what to do next. He created a platform for independent filmmakers with the Sundance Institute. He has supported our national parks and our national resources as one. One of the most prominent conservationists of Our Generation, he has brought his unmatched charisma to unforgettable characters such as Roy Hobbs, Nathan Muir and, of course, the Sundance Kid, entertaining us for more than half a century as an actor, director, producer and as an advocate, he has not stopped and apparently driving. so fast that he had breakfast in Napa and dinner in Salt Lake at 80 Young Robert Redford has no plans to slow down according to a recent headline the movie Sully was the last straw we should never travel with Tom Hanks I mean, think about it you have plane crashes of the Pirates, you get marooned in the volcanoes of airport purgatory, something happens to Tom Hanks and yet somehow we can't resist going where he wants to take us, he's been an accidental witness to history, Coach baseball of a cranky woman and all the menthat fell.
Love with Meg Ryan three times over made it seem natural to have a volleyball as your best friend from a Philadelphia courthouse to the beachheads of Normandy to the dark side of the moon. She has introduced us to America's humble heroes. Tom says he just saw regular guys doing the same thing. the right thing at the right time, well, it takes one to know one and America's father has faced cancer with his beloved wife Rita, he has defended our veterans, supported space exploration and the truth is that Tom always has saved his best roles for real life, he's a Good Man, what's the best title you can have, so we have groundbreaking artists, three more people who dedicated themselves to public service in the early 1960s, thousands of Cuban children fled to the United States in search of an education they would never get at home and One refugee was a 15-year-old boy named Eduardo Pedro whose life changed when he enrolled at Miami-Dade College.
That decision led him to earn a bachelor's degree, then a master's degree, then a doctorate and then he had the option to enter Corporate America or give back to his alma mater and Eduardo made the decision to create more stories like his as president of Miami Dade since 1995. Dr. Pedro has built a dream factory for one of the most diverse student bodies in our nation. 165,000 students in total. He is one of the world's most prominent educational leaders Thinking outside the box supporting students throughout their lives embodying the belief that we are only as good as the doors we open Eduardo's example is one that we can all follow. champion of those fighting for this same American dream that first drew him to our shores when Eloise Cobell first filed suit to recover land and money for her people.
She didn't set out to be a hero, she said, she just wanted to give people, she just wanted to give justice to people who didn't have it and her lifelong quest to address the mismanagement of the U.S. land resource trust funds. American Indians was not about special treatment but about equal treatment at the heart of the American promise. She fought for almost 15 years against three presidents, seven trials, ten appearances before a federal appeals court, while traveling the country about 40 weeks a year telling the story of her people and, in the end, she is a graduate of a one-stop school. salon became a MacArthur Genius, she is a proud daughter of Montana's Blackfeet.
The nation finally achieved a historic victory for all Native Americans through sheer force of will and the belief that the truth will rise. Eloise Cobell overcame the longest adversities by reminding us that fighting for what's right is always worth it, every journalist in the room, every media critic knows the phrase Newt Minnow coined in the vast Wasteland, but the two words that Newt prefers to remember them from his speech before the nation's broadcasters or from this public interest that has been the heartbeat of his life's work defending public housing residents advising a governor and a Supreme Court justice consolidating

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debates like our National Institution leading the FCC when Newt helped launch the first communications satellites that made nationwide broadcasting and

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ually GPS and cell phones possible, he predicted that it would be more important than the moon landing this will launch ideas into space, he said, and the Ideas last longer than people, as far as I know, he is the only one of today's honorees who was present on my first date with Michelle, imagine our surprise when we saw Newt, one of our bosses, what a summer at the movies we make the right thing so he's also been vital to my personal interests and we finally honor five of the all-time greats in sports and music the game of baseball has a handful of signature sounds you hear the crunch of the But you made the crowd sing in the seventh inning stretch and you have Vin Scully's voice.
Most fans listen to the A Game broadcast when they can't be at the stadium. Generations of Dodger fans brought their radios to the stands because you don't want to miss one of Vin's stories. Most play-by-play announcers partner with an analyst in the booth to talk about the action and then worked alone and talked only to us since Jackie Robinson started at second base and then showed us the game and introduced us. to us his players he narrated The Improbable Years The Impossible Heroics he turned the contests into conversations when he found out about this honor so he asked with his characteristic humility are you sure I'm just an old baseball announcer and we had to inform the Americans of that? all?
You've been an old friend for years, in fact, I thought about him doing all these quotes, which would have been cool, but I thought we shouldn't have him sing for a dinner like that. Below, here's how great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was in 1967. He spent a year dominating college basketball. The C ending, double A, prohibits dunks, 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're really good, um, and yet, despite the rule change, he was still the Most Unstoppable Force in the sport, it's a title he would hold for over two decades. winning the NBA Finals MVP with a staggering 14-year gap.
God bless you and as a strikingly similar co-pilot, Roger Murdock, once said in the movie Airplane. I mean, we have some great actors here. The Space Jam plane did it all while dragging Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes, but the reason we honor Kareem is more than just a pair of glasses and the sky, I hope it stopped . defending his Muslim faith when it was not easy and not popular, he is as comfortable training with Bruce Lee as he is defending on Capitol Hill or writing with extraordinary eloquence about patriotism, physically, intellectually, spiritually.
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s and greatest aspirations when he was five years old Michael Jordan almost cut off his big toe with an ax back then his handles needed a little work, but think if things had were different, the Air Jordan would never have taken off. That means you don't want to buy a shoe that's missing a toe. We may have never seen him change hands in the air against the Lakers or score 63 in the outfield or take it out in the flu game or shoot three different times. Georgetown over ELO over Russell, we may not have seen him take on Larry Bird on horseback or lift the sport globally alongside the Dream Team, but MJ remains more than those moments, more than simply the better player of the two best teams of all time. the Dream Team and the Chicago Bulls number 19 of '96 is more than just a logo, more than just an internet meme, it's more than just a charitable donor or a business owner committed to diversity there's a reason you call to someone the Michael Jordan of the Michael Jordan of neurosurgery or the Michael Jordan of rabbis or the Michael Jordan of Outrigger canoeing, they know what you're talking about because Michael Jordan is the Michael Jordan of greatness, he is the definition of someone so good in that he makes everyone recognize him, that's pretty rare.
As a child, Diana Ross loves to sing and dance for family friends, but not for free, she was smart enough to pass the hat and later, in Detroit's Brewster housing projects, she met Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard, their neighbor Smokey Robinson put them in front of Barry Gordy and the break was magical music history The Supremes earned a permanent place on the American soundtrack along with their sweet voice, their soulful sensitivity Diana exuded glamor and grace and filled stages that helped shape the sound of Motown, as well as becoming one of the most successful recording artists. of all time raised five children somehow found time to earn an Oscar nomination for acting today from hip-hop that the show served to young singers who have been inspired by it to audiences who still can't get enough of it she.
The influence of Diana Ross is inescapable as always, she emerged from a cage on Highway 9. A quiet kid from Jersey who was simply trying to make sense of the temples of dreams and Mystery that dotted the pool halls of her hometown, the bars, girls, cars, altars and assembly lines and for decades, Bruce Springsteen. She has taken us all on a journey consumed by the compromises between ambition and injustice and pleasure and pain, the simple glories and scattered heartbreak of everyday life in America to create one of her greatest hits. He once said he wanted to create a record that sounded like the last record on Earth the last one you'd ever need to hear a glorious noise then the Apocalypse all the restless kids in America were given a story Born to Run didn't stop there once who told us about himself, told us about all the other steelworker in Youngstown, the Vietnam veteran and Born to Run Born in the USA, the sick and marginalized on the streets of Philadelphia, the firefighter who wears the weight of a shaky but resilient nation on the horizon, the young soldier, considering the demons and the dust in Iraq, the communities brought down by recklessness and greed on the wrecking ball, all of us with our faults and our failures, all colors, classes and creeds united by a defiant and restless train moving towards the Land of Hope and Dreams, all these are anthems of our America, the reality. of who we are and the daydream of who we want to be, the hallmark of a rock and roll band that Bruce Springsteen once said is that the narrative they tell together is bigger than what anyone could have told on their own and for decades. next to the big little man.
Stephen, a Jersey girl named Patty, and all the men and women of the E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen has been accompanying the rest of us on his journey asking us all what work we must do in our short time here. I am the president. He's the boss and he's close to 70, he's still performing four hour live sets if you haven't been to them, he's working on fire-breathing rock and roll, so I thought twice before giving him a metal name for

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because we hope you will remain, in your words, a prisoner of rock and roll for years to come, so I told you this is a very good class, ladies and gentlemen, I want you all to give it up for the

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s, so please be patient. Let's ask my military aid to read the subpoenas. Each of them will come and receive the medals and then we will conclude the program. Okay, let's do it. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar an. iconic basketball player an iconic basketball player who revolutionized the sport with his all-around game and his signature Skyhook Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a 19-time All-Star, six-time world champion and the leading scorer in NBA history, lo Adding to his accomplishments in In Court, he also made his mark championing civil rights, cancer research, science, education, and social justice. In doing so, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leaves behind a towering legacy of compassion, faith, and service to others, a legacy based not only on the strength and grace of his athleticism but on the sharpness of his mind and the size of his heart. thank you Kirk Cobell accepting on behalf of his mother Eloise C Cabell yellow bird woman thank you member of the blackfoot nation Eloise Cabell spent her life defying the odds and working on In the name of her people when she was young, she was told she was not able to understand accounting, so he dominated the field and used his experience to defend a lawsuit whose historic settlement has helped restore the tribal lands of his beloved Blackfeet Nation and many other tribes.
Today her tenacious and unbreakable Spirit lives on in the thousands of people and hundreds of tribes for whom she fought and in all those whom she taught to believe that it is never too late to right the wrongs of the past and help forge a better future. better future. Thank you. Ellen DeGeneres Abroad for Three Decades Ellen DeGeneres has lifted our spirits and brought joy to our lives as a comedic actress and television star in Every Role, reminding us to be kind to each other and treat people like each other. of us he wants. treated at crucial moments, her courage and sincerity helped change the hearts and minds of millions of Americans, accelerating our nation's continued momentum toward equality and acceptance for all again and again.
Ellen DeGeneres has shown us that a single individual can make the world a more fun, more open, more loving place, as long as we keep swimming, well Robert De Niro for over 50 years Robert De Niro has given some of the most memorable performances from the screen,cementing his place as one of the most talented actors of his generation in The Godfather Part. 2 and the Midnight Deer Hunter Running in Heat His work is legendary for its scope and depth Relentlessly committed to his craft De Niro embodies his characters, creating richly nuanced portraits that reflect the heart of the human experience regardless of genre or era Robert De Niro continues to demonstrate that extraordinary skill that has made him one of America's most revered and influential artists.
Richard L. Garwin, one of the most recognized scientific and engineering minds of our time. Dr. Richard Garwin has always answered the call to help solve society's most challenging problems with which he has been associated. his pioneering work in defense and intelligence technologies with leadership that underscores the urgency for humanity to control the spread of nuclear weapons through his advice to Republican and Democratic administrations dating back to President Eisenhower his contributions in fundamental research and his inventions that drive the technologies that drive our modern world Richard Garwin has contributed not only to the security and prosperity of this nation but also to the quality of life of people around the world thanks to William H Gates III and Melinda French Gates few people have had the profound global impact of Bill and Melinda Gates through their With their work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, they have demonstrated how the most capable and fortunate of Among Us have a responsibility to use their talents and resources to meet the world's greatest challenges , from helping women and girls lift themselves and their families out of poverty, to empowering them.
Young minds across America have transformed countless lives with their generosity and innovation Bill and Melinda Gates continue to inspire us with their eager optimism that together we can remake the world as it should be thanks to foreigner Gary never limited by conventional materials Styles or processes Frank Bold structures Gary's thoughtful works demonstrate the power of architecture to induce awe and revitalize communities. A creative mind from an early age. He began his career by building imaginary houses and cities with scrap material from his grandfather's hardware store. Since then, his work continues to strike a balance between experimentation. and functionality resulting in some of the most iconic buildings of the 20th century, from his pioneering use of technology to the dozens of impressive sites that bring his signature style to his public service as a citizen artist through his work with the transformative arts .
Frank Geary has proven his worth. an exemplary scholar of American innovation abroad Hamilton a technology pioneer 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 steps for humanity writing the code that helped America set foot on the Moon world, she broke barriers and founded her own software businesses, revolutionizing an industry and inspiring countless women to participate in Stem Fields. His love of exploration and innovation are the source code of the American spirit and his genius. He has inspired generations to reach for foreign stars Thomas J.
Hanks gave up a distinguished film career Tom Hanks has revealed the character of America, as well as the It has allowed us to see ourselves not only as we are but as we aspire to be in the world. screen and off screen. Tom Hanks has honored the sacrifices of those who have served our nation and called us all to think big and believe, and inspired a new generation of young people to reach for heaven foreigner Murray accepts on behalf of her great-aunt Grace Murray Hopper when she was a little girl who loved taking apart alarm clocks.
Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper discovered her early calling a Vassar alumna with a PhD in mathematics from Yale Hopper served in the Navy during World War II and became one of the first programmers of early computing, known today as the Queen Of code. Grace Hopper's work helped make the coding language more practical and accessible. She invented the first compiler or translator, a fundamental element of our Digital now. World Amazing Grace was committed to making the computer programming language more universal. Today we honor her contributions to computer science and the sense of possibility she inspired in generations of young people.
Thank you Michael J. Jordan, fueled by a drive to compete that earned him every major.

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and two gold medals. Michael Jordan has a name that has become synonymous with excellence. His wagging tongue and high-flying dunks redefined the game, making him a global superstar whose impact transcended basketball and shaped our nation's broader culture, from the courts of Wilmington Chapel Hill and Chicago to the owner's suite. occupies today, his life and example have inspired millions of Americans to strive to be like Mike Foreign, boldly challenging our understanding of the world.
Maya Lin's designs have brought people from all over the world. paths of life together with a spirit of remembrance introspection and humility the manipulation of natural terrain and topography within his works inspires us to bridge our differences and recognize the gravity of our collective existence his pieces have changed the landscape of our country and influenced the dialogue of our society never more deeply than with his tribute to the Americans who fell in Vietnam by cutting a wound in the Earth to create a sacred place of healing in our nation's capital Lauren Michaels one of the most transformative entertainment figures of our time Lauren Michaels followed her dreams to New York City, where she created a sketch show that brought satirical wit and modern comedy to homes around the world under her meticulous leadership as executive producer.
Saturday Night Live has entertained audiences of all generations by reflecting and shaping critical elements of our cultural, political and national life. Michael's creative legacy extends to late-night television comedies and the big screen, making us laugh, challenging us to think and raising the bar for those who follow him, as one of his show's signature characters would say, well, isn't it? so special? Thank you, Newton and Minnow, Foreign as a Soldier Illinois Governor's Council Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and Law Clerk to the Chief Justice Newton Minnows' career has been defined by his devotion to others deeply committed to his family, the law and the American people its dedication to serving and empowering the public is reflected in its efforts to ensure that the media educates and provides opportunities for all challenging the media to better serve its viewers its steadfast commitment to the power of ideas and information has transformed telecommunications and its influential role in our society thanks to you, Dr.
Eduardo J. Padrón, as a teenage refugee from Cuba Eduardo Padrón came to the United States to pursue the American dream and has spent his life making it a reality that dream for others as president of the Community College he once attended. His thoughtful leadership and commitment to education has transformed Miami-Dade College into one of the country's leading learning institutions, earning him accolades around the world. His personal story and his lasting professional influence demonstrated that success does not have to be determined by our experience but by our dedication to others, our passion to create. An America that is as inclusive as it is prosperous, thank you Robert Redford Robert Redford has captivated audiences on both sides of the camera through entertaining films that often explore vital social, political and historical issues.
His lifelong advocacy on behalf of the preservation of our environment will prove to be an enduring legacy as his award-winning films, as well as his pioneering support of independent filmmakers across the United States, his art and activism continue to shape the nation's heritage. culture of our nation, inspiring millions to laugh, cry, think and change, thank you Diana Ross, a daughter, a daughter of Detroit Diana Ross. She helped create the Motown sound with her iconic voice, 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, along with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and countless musicals. accolades Diana Ross has distinguished herself as an actress earning an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe with over 25 albums Unforgettable hit singles and live performances that continue to captivate audiences around the world Diana Ross still reigns supreme thanks to a foreign voice that transcended a sport and transformed a profession Vin Scully chronicled America's pastime for generations of fans known for Millions as the soundtrack to Summer Found Time Found Time to teach us about life and love while chronicling routine plays and heroics historic stories in Victory and in defeat his colorful tales reverberated through the stands across the airwaves and into our homes and imaginations.
He is an American treasure and beloved Storyteller and our country's gratitude for Vin Scully runs as deep as her love for the game. Thank you Bruce F. Springsteen as a songwriter, a humanitarian. America's rock and roll laureate and New Jersey's greatest ambassador, Bruce Springsteen, is simply the boss. Through stories about everyday people, from Vietnam veterans to steel workers, his songs capture the pain and promise of the American experience with his legendary E Street Band. Bruce Springsteen leaves it all. On stage in epic live community performances that have shaken audiences for decades with empathy and honesty, he holds up a mirror to who we are as Americans pursuing our dreams and as human beings trying to do the right thing.
There is a place for everyone in Bruce Springsteen's America. thank you, the foreigner Cicely Tyson For 60 years, Sicilia Tyson has appeared on screen on stage, enlightening us with her innovative characters and calling for conscious humility and hope, her achievements as an actress, her devotion to her faith and her commitment to promote equality for all Americans, esp. Women of color have touched audiences across multiple generations, from Miss Jane Pittman's autobiography to Sounder to the Voyage to Bountiful Sicily. Tyson's performances illuminate the character of our people and America's extraordinary possibilities abroad. Part of the reason these events are so special to me is because everyone on this stage has touched me in a very powerful personal way in ways that you probably couldn't imagine if it was inspired by a song or a game or a story or a story. movie or a monument uh or in the case of the new minnow that introduces me to Michelle, uh, you know, these are people that have helped me be who I am and think about my presidency and what also makes it special is that this is the United States United and it's helpful when you think about this incredible collection of people with whom you realize that this is what makes us the greatest nation on Earth, not because of who we are, not because of our differences, but because in our differences we find something common to share and what a glorious thing it is, what a great gift it is to us.
America, so I want all of you to enjoy the wonderful reception that will take place afterwards. Michelle and I have to go back to work unfortunately, but I hear the food is pretty good and I'd like all of you to give a big round of enthusiasm. applause to our 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees Give It Up foreigner thank you very much it's like the biggest class even I'm sorry I'm sorry thank you very much run my backpack

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