Good grief. That’s all I have right now. GOOD GRIEF!!!
Outgoing President Obama will be awarding celebrities galore the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year, according to a White House press release on Wednesday.
The highest award for American civilians will go to 21 recipients this year, with actors Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, and Robert Redford among them. Basically, an all-star cast of lefties with a little a bit of L.A. Dodgers announcer Vin Scully mixed in for good measure.
Though Hanks and Redford both opposed Trump this last election cycle, Robert De Niro perhaps proved to be the sourest of them all, rejecting photos with Trump supporters and childishly exclaiming Hillary Clinton’s loss made him feel like he did after 9/11. A man that equates the will of half of America with terrorists crashing planes into the World Trade Center, murdering 3,000 people, has no business putting the Medal of Freedom award around their neck.
In the press release, the White House said the awards are given to individuals “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
Apparently this year’s choices skew toward the cultural, making the Medal of Freedom ceremony a star-spangled affair. Joining the three Academy Award-winning actors will also be talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, singer Diana Ross, rocker Bruce Springsteen, NBA legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan, tech entrepreneurs and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, architect Frank Gehry, and Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels.
“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,” President Obama said in a statement accompanying the announcement. “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.”