Obama to honor Clinton, Oprah with freedom medal

JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press
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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will bestow the nation’s highest civilian honor on Oprah Winfrey and former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton and Winfrey will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year at the White House. They’ll join 14 other honorees, including activist Gloria Steinem and former Sen. Richard Lugar. Also being honored is Ben Bradlee, the editor who oversaw Washington Post coverage of Watergate.

Former Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii and Sally Ride, the first woman astronaut in space, will receive the medals posthumously.

President John F. Kennedy created the medal of freedom in an executive order signed 50 years ago. The White House says more than 500 people have been honored.

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