113 Responses to “President Obama Awards The Presidential Medal Of Freedom”

  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    November 22, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you, NW!

    • 2 jacquelineoboomer
      November 22, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Apparently, MSNBC is also airing the ceremony.

    • 5 ydavis00
      November 22, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      You guys a such great activist and I am not. May I humbly suggest a hash tag #normalizinghate. Every time I heard a commentator say something like “If Trump should build roads and bridges this would be a great thing” or something in that vain; I tweet something like “building roads would be a great thing but not if is came with a white nationalist in the white house. Just a suggestion.

      • November 22, 2016 at 8:49 pm

        Totally agree. I’m afraid America will grow tired and retreat for fear of inability to change things. PBO brought change to help everybody. I don’t think nearly enough people have appreciated him, not even those who have supported him. Could it be that he is not obnoxious in any way, as it seems this is what people pay attention to ?

        • 7 ydavis00
          November 22, 2016 at 9:08 pm

          This a tweet to Chris Matthews as he was talking about Trump promise to rebuild our infrastructure with kellyann conway. “@HardballChris FYI DJT building roads is great but not if it comes w/ a white nationalist in the White House. #normalizinghate.

        • 8 ydavis00
          November 22, 2016 at 10:07 pm

          Well edp4bho it does seem that reality show host obnoxiousness is the flavor of the day.

      • 9 jacquelineoboomer
        November 22, 2016 at 9:18 pm

        Great ideas – thanks, activist!!!

  2. November 22, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    This is what the Birther deserves credit for. If the bar gets any lower, Lordy.


  3. November 22, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Oh please. Low bar is an understatement. It’s going to be a long four years. I so hope something big happens and he is out before he is in.

  4. 16 whatisworking
    November 22, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I listened to Keepin it 1600 yesterday – they had Keith Ellison on. Much of his message resonated with me. He did not bash anyone, he had ideas that I would characterize as “old school organizing”. I know many here have had reservations about him, but I would suggest you listen to his suggestions and then share your thoughts. He starts at the 25 minute mark.


    • 17 a4alice
      November 22, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks Linda – I he’s just next door in Minneapolis and I’ve met him on a few occasions. I’ve found him to be very friendly, I know he is hard working, and he answers tweets. Has a sense of humor.

  5. 18 jacquelineoboomer
    November 22, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    The medal recipients are being announced. Yay!

  6. 20 Nena20409
    November 22, 2016 at 3:20 pm

  7. 21 Nena20409
    November 22, 2016 at 3:24 pm

  8. 23 desertflower
    November 22, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Bring out the clapping gif!


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  9. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    November 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Don’t know whether I have tears in my eyes because of some of the words and deeds of the recipients, or because President Obama is making this presentation today – one of the few public events remaining to him – or a combination of both. This medals ceremony is magnificent.

  10. 28 Nena20409
    November 22, 2016 at 3:51 pm

  11. 29 Nena20409
    November 22, 2016 at 3:53 pm

  12. 30 Nena20409
    November 22, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    • 31 pkayden
      November 22, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Tears everywhere. So touching. We need to savor these last moments of President Obama and celebrities who have had a positive impact on this country and the world. I cannot imagine the orcs and ogres who will receive such medals under Trump.

      • 32 arapaho415
        November 22, 2016 at 8:22 pm

        GE pkayden.

        You are SO right.

        Recipients will be those who are the living embodiment of Nathan Bedford Forrest or other grand wizards.

        Makes me sick to even think of DJT presidency…

  13. 33 Nena20409
    November 22, 2016 at 4:00 pm

  14. 34 Nena20409
    November 22, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    • 35 jacquelineoboomer
      November 22, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      There ya go! Was waiting for more before the end of the year. Thank you, President Obama. This 1,000+ will impact many thousands of loved ones, as well.

  15. 38 GGail
    November 22, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I’m so happy to see that Vin was able to travel to receive his award

  16. 39 Nena20409
    November 22, 2016 at 4:08 pm

  17. 40 Nena20409
    November 22, 2016 at 4:10 pm

  18. 46 Grab A Mop Grace
    November 22, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    It’s just not possible that PBO will not be making these presentations anymore. The thought of that atrocious, obnoxious man-child pretending to be worthy of this job is almost more than I can survive. Watching our President interact with these brilliant Americans crystallizes what we are losing, never to return. I’m overwhelmed with sadness.

    • 47 pkayden
      November 22, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      Agreed wholeheartedly. I will not be watching anything Trump does since he is not my President. I will keep tabs on the Obamas and know that they will continue to make a positive impact on our country. They’re young and have a lot more good to do.

    • November 22, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      I cried right along with y’all. I was already hating to see our First Family go when I thought Hillary would be taking his place (as if). To know that the Orange Orge will be even sitting in his chair drives me crazy. He is not worthy. Trump will probably award the metals to his rich buddies and/or his own kids – since he believes he has unlimited power. I would REFUSE a metal from his hands… It is beyond the pale to go from THIS to THAT!!

    • 49 norah
      November 22, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      I wonder if he will even have any awards ceremonies – he is that type to cancel these events

  19. November 22, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    An amazing group of honorees. Thank you honorees and thank you Pres. Obama.

  20. November 22, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I’m pretty much crying like a baby right now.

  21. 59 sherijr
    November 22, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Oh that was wonderful, funny, touching and a beautiful respite from all the ick going on around us. Completely forgot about everything but our marvelous POTUS and his enjoyable way of giving to others. Thanks Nerdy 🙂

  22. 60 Nena20409
    November 22, 2016 at 4:20 pm

  23. 61 carolyn
    November 22, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    What aa joy to watch! Thank you NW. He is so gracious!!! My husband would have been thrilled that Vin Scully won this award. He thought Vin was the best.

    • 63 GGail
      November 22, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      As successful as many of them have become, they turned into a tear-filled puddle because this great President bestowed this Award upon them.

      I couldn’t help but tear up too

  24. 64 Nena20409
    November 22, 2016 at 4:31 pm

  25. 68 whenpamelawandered
    November 22, 2016 at 4:32 pm


  26. 69 Nena20409
    November 22, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    • 70 0388jojothecat
      November 22, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      I remember Thom Hartman complaining about PBO not granting clemency to hardly anyone when he had not been in office a full year. Wonder what he says now?

  27. 71 Nena20409
    November 22, 2016 at 4:55 pm

  28. 72 Nena20409
    November 22, 2016 at 4:56 pm

  29. November 22, 2016 at 5:13 pm

  30. 74 GGail
    November 22, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I wonder if this could just become an annual traditional broadcast on PBS. It can be called the Obama Medal of Freedom Award??? 🙂

  31. 75 GGail
    November 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    President Obama hosted his last Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony on Tuesday, honoring 21 luminaries for their contributions to the U.S.
    The ceremony was as diverse as it was star-studded with Michael Jordan, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro lining a stage in the East Room of the White House alongside architect Frank Gehry, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, and sculpture and landscape artist Maya Lin. President Obama seemed to get a kick out of awarding what he called a “really good class” of recipients on Tuesday afternoon, cracking jokes about Jordan who he called “more than a meme” and Abdul-Jabbar’s performance in the cult-classic Airplane. After facing trouble at the gate after forgetting her ID, television personality Ellen DeGeneres appeared overwhelmed with emotion when receiving her medal of freedom from the President, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The president, who has awarded more medals of freedom than any of his predecessors, also touched on the personal nature of his final awards ceremony, saying each of the recipients had had a profound impact on his life.

  32. 76 desertflower
    November 22, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Beautiful, righteous message.

    • 77 99ts
      November 22, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      So incredibly incredibly sad that it had to be said. I just listened to a crowd BOOing the president elect – while the media said there were a few boos amid the cheers. They lie – they all lie. Mayor de Blasio speaks truth for the ages

    • 78 jacquelineoboomer
      November 22, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      I believe a fine gentleman named Abraham Lincoln also once spoke at Cooper Union …

      … this was another fine speech.

  33. November 22, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Have you seen the Medal of Freedom recipients do the Mannequin Challenge.

  34. 86 desertflower
    November 22, 2016 at 7:17 pm



    Gabriel Sherman of New York Magazine reported:

    The group, which includes voting-rights attorney John Bonifaz and J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, believes they’ve found persuasive evidence that results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked. The group is so far not speaking on the record about their findings and is focused on lobbying the Clinton team in private.


    The academics presented findings showing that in Wisconsin, Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic-voting machines compared with counties that used optical scanners and paper ballots. Based on this statistical analysis, Clinton may have been denied as many as 30,000 votes; she lost Wisconsin by 27,000. While it’s important to note the group has not found proof of hacking or manipulation, they are arguing to the campaign that the suspicious pattern merits an independent review — especially in light of the fact that the Obama White House has accused the Russian government of hacking the Democratic National Committee.

  35. 90 globalcitizenlinda
    November 22, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    why are some people (here it is the judge) so hell-bent on denying others a chance to live a reasonable life and advance their standard of living?

    • 91 sherijr
      November 22, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      when you find out the answer please share it – I have tried to understand that mindset all my life.

      • 92 globalcitizenlinda
        November 22, 2016 at 9:08 pm

        these people are sheer evil and no one can convince me otherwise;

        I got pissed off by the federal judge who has put an injunction on the overtime pay rule that PBO had issued.

        • 93 sherijr
          November 22, 2016 at 10:03 pm

          I agree with you… and then John McCain made a statement or tweet applauding the judge’s ruling. Why he continues to win his seat is beyond my understanding too.

  36. November 22, 2016 at 8:32 pm

  37. 95 arapaho415
    November 22, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    GE TODville.

    Don’t have the faintest idea what’s going on with Dems now — just know that DNC chair is up for grabs and some Ohio congresscritter (Tim Ryan) is challenging Speaker-for-Life-Pelosi for House Minority Leader (as Meta asked this morning… “why?”, but it looks like our favorite Uncle wants nothing to do with all that drama:

  38. November 22, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Can’t help but think PBO will be doing a lot of TV in the future…he’s a natural talent !

  39. November 22, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Seriously ….

  40. 99 99ts
    November 22, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Thank you Nerdy for this thread. I am now listening to the replay of this wonderful event. What a collection of people – all sizes, shapes, sexes, races and any other type of diversity one wants to speak of. We will not go this way again in the future. PBO studies and understands what each of these people have given to their country and the world. No other President – EVER – has had the knowledge and understanding of this most wonderful of men. He shall remain my No 1 person – until I die.

  41. November 22, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    When the Nazis control the press …

    Yes, America, it’s happening HERE ….

  42. November 22, 2016 at 9:07 pm

  43. November 22, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Don’t think it can’t happen here …

  44. November 22, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Goodnight TOD ….

    #FORWARD Together

  45. 105 globalcitizenlinda
    November 22, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    this right here is what I was complaining about – how evil some people (here the federal judge) can be to towards those that need help the most;

    Federal Judge in Texas blocks Obama rule that extends overtime pay for 4.2 million US workers;

    • 106 globalcitizenlinda
      November 22, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      it is so hard to love these rightwingers … there is nothing that helps the vulnerable people these republicans do not want to destroy

  46. November 22, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    I stand with the West Wing.

    • 108 COS
      November 22, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      So do I Meta.

    • 109 globalcitizenlinda
      November 22, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      I am watching these announcements with a lot of interest;

      but for now, I am being cautious about the information from some of these reporters …

      why? because I have learned that they want nothing better than to create an appearance of conflict between Dems while they often ignore those among the gop

    • November 23, 2016 at 9:46 am

      this is what i mentioned to you yesterday…
      there is a move a foot to minimize the President’s influence post presidency…and to also minimize the coalition who elected the President…

      sounds like its ON!

  47. November 22, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    This a sick man. This is a corrupt media.

    Trying to normalize this pig.

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