Oprah Winfrey Awarded Highest Civilan Honor Just Days After Accusing Americans of Disrespecting Obama
It took 5 years for President Obama to honor Oprah with any type of award after she threw her powerful support behind him during the 2008 presidential elections.
From The IBT Times:
Calling the 59-year-old “the pinnacle of the entertainment universe,” President Barack Obama graced Winfrey’s neck with the medal along with former President Bill Clinton, country star Loretta Lynn, women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem, baseball legend Ernie Banks and astronaut Sally Ride. It must be a real honour for Oprah to receive the award along with such prestigious people.
“These are the men and women who in their extraordinary lives remind us of the beauty of the human spirit,” Obama said at the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, November 20.
“In more than 4,500 episodes of her show, her message was always, ‘You can,’” President Obama said of Oprah. Winfrey, dressed in black formal dress looked elated and touched emotionally when President Obama placed the medal around her neck.