Photos/Video: President Obama Honors Hollywood Celebs With Presidential Medals of Freedom


President Obama gave out his last batch of Presidential Medals of Freedom today to huge names in Hollywood, the world of sports, philanthropy and more.

From a podium at the White House, Obama explained that the awards are given to Americans who have 'lifted our spirits, strengthened our union, pushed us toward progress.'

Full List of Recipients
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
2. Elouise Cobell (posthumous)
3. Ellen DeGeneres
4. Robert De Niro
5. Richard Garwin
6. Bill and Melinda Gates
7. Frank Gehry
8. Margaret H. Hamilton
9. Tom Hanks
10. Grace Hopper (posthumous)
11. Michael Jordan
12. Maya Lin
13. Lorne Michaels
14. Newt Minow
15. Eduardo PadrĂ³n
16. Robert Redford
17. Diana Ross 
18. Vin Scully
19. Bruce Springsteen 
20. Cicely Tyson