This past Tuesday, President Obama handed out the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S. The list of winners this year brims with both household names and virtual unknowns — artists, athletes and activists of just about every stripe including Itzhak Perlman.
“This is an extraordinary group,” President Obama said during the ceremony in the East Room of the White House. “Even by the standards of Medal of Freedom recipients, this is a class act. We are just reminded when we see these individuals here on the stage what an incredible tapestry this country is.”
He added,”They represent what’s best in us.”