Jul 10 - U.S. President Barack Obama bestows the National Medals of Arts and Humanities to 24 honorees, including George Lucas and Herb Alpert. Bob Mezan reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama handed out the National Medals of Arts and Humanities to 24 honorees during a White House ceremony on Wednesday (July 10). Among this year's recipients were "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, who Obama credited with transforming the world of special effects; musician Herb Alpert, who was honored for his extensive music career and philanthropy; and Tony award-winning playwright Tony Kushner, who is most famous for his Pulitzer Prize-winning "Angels in America." Honorees were selected in a process organized by the National Endowment for the Arts.