One of the nice things presidents get to do is present deserving Americans with the Medal of Freedom. The awards remind the rest of us of what a fine, diverse place this country is.
Some--not all--of this year's winners:
Ernie Banks, the great Chicago Cubs infielder. It's not his fault they haven't won a World Series in more than a century;
Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of the Washington Post. Remember Watergate? President Richard Nixon resigning?
Gloria Steinem, a leader of the women's movement;
Bill Clinton--well, you know who he is;
Oprah Winfrey—you know who she is too
Richard Lugar, former Republican senator from Indiana, who was way smarter than most;
Sally Ride, the first American woman in space;
Dean Smith, former basketball coach at the University of North Carolina. Well, there was the occasional loss to Duke, sure, but still....;
Loretta Lynn. Hard to end the list on a better note. Still love that voice, those songs.