Nov. 20 - Former President Bill Clinton, media mogul Oprah Winfrey and feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem were among those honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Obama awarded on Wednesday (November 20) the highest U.S. civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to former President Clinton and 15 other Americans who have made significant contributions to U.S. culture, politics, sports and science. Those who stood to have the Medal of Freedom medal draped around their necks by Obama included a wide range of American success stories, from TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey, feminist activist Gloria Steinem, to former Chicago Cubs baseball star Ernie Banks, to the late astronaut Sally K. Ride to former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. The event allowed Obama and Clinton to warm a relationship that has seen its share of strains. A new book, "Double Down," by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, said Obama in the past has found Clinton to be exhausting, and quoted him as telling an aide, "I like him ... in doses." Perhaps mindful of that anecdote, Obama went out of his way to honor Clinton, who was president from 1993-2001 and heads the Clinton Global Initiative, a global charity organization. Clinton's lifelong interest in public service dates back in part to a 1963 visit to the White House where he shook Kennedy's hand four months before the assassination.