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America there is no monarch he and no honorary knighthood.
But today at the White House a distinguished group of people got about as close as you can get in America being ninety.
What sets these men and women apart.
Is very incredible impact they have had on so many people.
Not in short.
Blinding Burris but steadily.
Over the course of a lifetime.
President Obama handing out the nation's highest civilian honor for the likes of former secretary of state -- -- all right.
Former astronaut and senator John Glenn and musician Bob Dylan.
-- Gallagher live with more on the medal of freedom Trace.
-- the medal of freedom recipients are either nominated by a presidential board -- those are passed along to the president and then the president can either except those recommendations -- make his own but this year.
The winners pay tribute to outer space equal rights and unique music.
Eleven Doug -- winner Bob Dylan his poetic lyrics not only had a huge impact of the civil rights movement.
The change the way music was playing.
And the way we live Bob's voice whether it's waiting it's it's unique -- power was re -- not just what music sounded like but.
The messages carried -- Madeleine Albright the first woman to serve as secretary of state.
She led the alliance's campaign against ethnic cleansing in the Balkans.
And peace in the Middle East when Saddam Hussein called her a snake she wore a serpent on a -- The next time she -- Baghdad former astronaut and long time Ohio senator John Glenn.
At 77 he became the oldest person to return to space.
But he was also the first person to orbit the earth.
On more than John glad that blasts off into space America stood still author Toni Morrison the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize.
Whose political pros and visionary force.
Places her among our most important off Tony reaches its people using the tone that is.
-- -- State.
And includes justice John Paul Stevens 35 years on the Supreme Court is the third longest in history.
Legal scholars say his mark on the law will last for centuries.
Even in his final days on the bench Justice Stevens insisted he was still learning on the job.
But in the end we are the ones who have learned from him.
Also among the thirteen -- former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres as well as the former head coach of the University of Tennessee women's basketball team Pat -- And the woman who founded the Girl Scouts 100 years ago John.
Great ceremony rates thanks.
It'll be another year until --
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