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Barack Obama Awards His Last Presidential Medals of Freedom highest civilian honor

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    Barack Obama, accompanied by Melinda Gates, left, presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bill Gates

    Mr. Obama has given more Presidential Medals of Freedom than any previous president

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    Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Diana Ross

    Many of the awardees have praised Democrats or been sharply critical of President-elect Donald J. Trump.

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    President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to actor Tom Hanks

    Mr. Hanks and his wife are large donors to Mr. Obama and other Democrats

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    Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former NBA basketball player Kareem Abdul Jabbar

    Among the honorees were Robert Redford, Bill and Melinda Gates, Tom Hanks and Diana Ross. When he put the medal around the neck of Michael Jordan, Mr. Obama, an avid basketball fan, beamed like a 10-year-old.

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