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Hanks, Springsteen & DeGeneres Presidential Medal winners

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>> Diana Ross.>> One last time, President Obama handing out the presidential medal of freedom Tuesday, to a star studded roster.>> We've got innovators and artists, public servants, rabble rousers->>
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And yet somehow we can't resist going where he wants to take us.>> Lauren Michaels, who has made politicians like Obama the butt of many jokes on Saturday Night Live getting a nod.
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Among the Hollywood A-listers, the two Roberts, Redford and De Niro, who created the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals. Also honored, actor Tom Hanks.>> According to a recent headline, the move Sully was the last straw. We should never travel with Tom Hanks.>>
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You got pirates, plane crashes, you get marooned in airport purgatory, volcanoes, something happens with Tom Hanks.>>
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>> After four decades, even in this fractured media culture that we've got, SNL remains appointment viewing.>> Also grabbing the medal, basketball legends Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. A little late for role call but still present, comedian Ellen DeGeneres. Who tweeted they haven't let me into the White House yet.
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Because I forgot my ID, wiped away the tears when she was honored, not just for her humor, but her humanity.>>
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