Oprah Honored With Presidential Medal Of Freedom

News & Views | Bené Viera | 11/21/2013 | 01:49 PM EST

Oprah among 16 honorees of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Oprah Winfrey was one of 16 people honored at the White House last night with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The talk show mogul joined the ranks of Bill Clinton, Loretta Lynn, Bayard Rustin and Ernie Banks to name a few.


Last night’s ceremony was particularly special as it was the 50th anniversary of the award’s creation. President Obama gave props to President Kennedy who wanted to honor Americans with "imagination and education and occasional rebellion" and who "[refused] to set limits on what we can do or who we can be."


The President said the ceremony is one of his favorite times of the year. Winfrey posted a photo of herself at the ceremony with her longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham. The caption read, “Medal of Freedom dinner last night with my HoneyGraham."


The other honorees and their accomplishments are posted in full on the White House’s website.

(Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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