57 Famous People Who Won The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Some of these are pretty random.

According to the US government, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom is given by the president of the United States to honor individuals who have made great contributions to either the United States or the world.”

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I decided to go through the list and pick out any of the bigger and more famous names out since 2002.

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What’s even more interesting is to see which President picked who.

1.

Julia Child

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Awarded by George W. Bush in 2003.

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Dave Thomas

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Awarded by George W. Bush in 2003.

3.

Charlie Daniels

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Awarded by George W. Bush in 2003.

4.

Bill Cosby

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Awarded by George W. Bush in 2002.

5.

John Paul II

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Awarded by George W. Bush in 2004.

6.

Rita Moreno

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Awarded by George W. Bush in 2004.

7.

Estee Lauder

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Awarded by George W. Bush in 2004.

8.

Arnold Palmer

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Awarded by George W. Bush in 2004.

9.

Muhammad Ali

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Awarded by George W. Bush in 2005.

10.

Carol Burnett

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Awarded by George W. Bush in 2005.

11.

Aretha Franklin

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Awarded by George W. Bush in 2005.

12.

BB King

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Awarded by George W. Bush in 2006.

13.

Ben Carson

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Awarded by George W. Bush in 2008.

14.

Anthony Fauci

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Awarded by George W. Bush in 2008.

15.

Tony Blair

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Awarded by George W. Bush in 2009.

16.

Stephen Hawking

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2009.

17.

Sidney Poitier

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2009.

18.

Cheetah Rivera

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2009.

19.

Warren Buffett

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2010.

20.

Angela Merkel

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2011.

21.

Bob Dylan

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2012.

22.

Loretta Lynn

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2013.

23.

Oprah

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2013.

24.

Tom Brokaw

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2014.

25.

Meryl Streep

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2014.

26.

Stevie Wonder

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2014.

27.

Stephen Spielberg

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2015.

28.

Emilio Estefan

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2015.

29.

Gloria Estefan

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2015.

30.

Barbra Streisand

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2015.

31.

James Taylor

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2015.

32.

Stephen Sondheim

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2015.

33.

Robert Redford

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2016.

34.

Robert DeNiro

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2016.

35.

Tom Hanks

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2016.

36.

Cicely Tyson

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2016.

37.

Diana Ross

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2016.

38.

Bruce Springsteen

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2016.

39.

Ellen DeGeneres

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2016.

40.

Lorne Michaels

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2016.

41.

bill Gates

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2016.

42.

Melinda French Gates

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2016.

43.

Michael Jordan

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2016.

44.

Kareem Abdul-Jabar

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Awarded by Barack Obama in 2016.

45.

Elvis

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Awarded by Donald Trump in 2018.

46.

Babe Ruth

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Awarded by Donald Trump in 2018.

47.

Antonin Scalia

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Awarded by Donald Trump in 2018.

48.

Mariano Rivera

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Awarded by Donald Trump in 2019.

49.

Tiger Woods

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Awarded by Donald Trump in 2019.

50.

Rush Limbaugh

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Awarded by Donald Trump in 2020.

51.

Gary Player

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Awarded by Donald Trump in 2021.

52.

Annika Sorenstam

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Awarded by Donald Trump in 2021.

53.

Simone Biles

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Awarded by Joe Biden in 2022.

54.

Steve Jobs

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Awarded by Joe Biden in 2022.

55.

John McCain

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Awarded by Joe Biden in 2022.

56.

denzel washington

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Awarded by Joe Biden in 2022.

57.

And Megan Rapinoe

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Awarded by Joe Biden in 2022.

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