For the last time before he leaves office, President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday to a glittering assembly of Silicon Valley, Hollywood, sports and rock stars.
Among the honorees were Michael Jordan and Democratic activist and Chicago attorney Newton Minow. Also honored were singers Bruce Springsteen and Diana Ross, actors Tom Hanks and Robert De Niro, philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, and basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Rounds of applause and laughter rocked the East Room as Obama bestowed the nation's highest civilian honor on 21 legends, two posthumously, in an hourlong ceremony.
Obama quipped that great actors were...