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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech at opera of Athens on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. As Obama wraps up his visit to Greece, he warns that world leaders must do more to make governments more effective and fight corruption in order to restore citizens' trust. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

President Obama released a list of the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom


President Barack Obama announced today his list of the 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The names on his list include the likes of Robert DeNiro, Bill and Melinda Gates, Michael Jordan, and Ellen DeGeneres. 

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is our nation's highest civilian honor and is given to people whose contributions to American society have changed our nation for the better. 

The awards will be presented to the recipients at the White House on Nov. 22. 

In a press release, President Obama was quoted as saying, "The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation's highest civilian honor - it's a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better.

"From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way."

The list has made its way around social media. 

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