The Presidential Medal of Freedom was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and is awarded annually to people who have made exceptional contributions to the national interest, to world peace or to cultural or other significant endeavors. It is the highest award that a civilian can be awarded in America.
This year's recipients include:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Hanks, Bill and Melinda Gates, Robert De Niro, the architect Frank Gehry, Diana Ross, Michael Jordan, Lorne Michaels, the sportscaster Vin Scully, Bruce Springsteen and Cicely Tyson.
Most of those on this list are celebrities who donated their money and/or time to President Obama's and/or Hillary's campaigns. Perhaps The Gates Foundation and a few of the others might deserve such an honor. But Ellen DeGeneres, Diana Ross and Lorne Michaels...REALLY???
By comparison JFK did NOT award the medal to anyone for being good actors in film or television shows, exceptional athletes, rock & roll stars or icons in other forms of pop culture.