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Oprah Winfrey Awarded The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

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November 20, 2013 AT 12:07 PM
Oprah Winfrey can now add a Presidential Medal of Freedom to her impressive resume. Barack Obama awarded Winfrey the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of 16 he bestowed on luminaries including former President Bill Clinton, country star Loretta Lynn, women's rights activist Gloria Steinem, baseball legend Ernie Banks and astronaut Sally Ride. The touching ceremony took place in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Winfrey's fellow Chicagoan praised the media mogul before presenting her with the highest award the U.S. gives a civilian.