Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg Among Medal of Freedom Honorees

Photo via Passport Magazine

Photo via Passport Magazine

President Barack Obama awarded 17 Americans with the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the nation’s highest civilian honor—on Tuesday, including the first African American woman elected to congress and Hollywood legend of stage and screen, Barbra Streisand.

“She has collected just about every honor and award that there is – I couldn’t believe she hadn’t gotten this one,” Obama said in his opening remarks.

This year’s recipients included many of Hollywood’s finest, such as filmmaker Steven Spielberg, singer James Taylor, composer Stephen Sondheim, and musicians Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

“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,” said Obama, the New York Times reports. “They represent what’s best in us.”

Watch a clip of the ceremony after the jump…

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