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Bruce Springsteen Presented with the Medal of Freedom by President Obama Today

posted : November, 22nd by Music News From ABC News Radio - Classic Rock

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty ImagesBruce Springsteen was among the 21 notable Americans who were presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom -- the nation's highest civilian award -- today at a ceremony hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House.

During his speech leading up to the medal presentation, President Obama quipped about the rock legend, "I am the president. He is the Boss." He also praised Springsteen's insightful songwriting, noting that "for decades Bruce…has brought us all along on a journey consumed with the bargains between ambition and injustice, and pleasure and pain -- the simple glories and scattered heartbreak of everyday life in America."

Before the president hung the Medal of Honor around Springsteen's neck, a military aide read a proclamation that described the Rock and Roll of Famer as "a humanitarian, America's rock 'n' roll laureate and New Jersey's greatest ambassador," and added, "With empathy and honesty, he holds up a mirror to who we are, as Americans chasing our dreams and as human beings trying to do the right thing."

Among the other 2016 recipients of the Medal of Freedom were ex-Supremes singer Diana Ross, Robert DeNiro, Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Redford, Cicely Tyson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan and Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded to people 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."

You can watch the full Medal of Honor ceremony now at the White House's official YouTube channel.

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