Obama Honors Sixteen With Congressional Medal Of Freedom

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) presents the Medal of Freedom to Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House August 12, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal, the highest civilian honor in the United States, to 16 recipients during the ceremony.
(Aug. 11, 2009 - Source: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America)
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