Obama to honor Bill Clinton, Oprah

AFP-JIJI

President Barack Obama will bestow the highest U.S. civilian honor on his predecessor, Bill Clinton, and talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, the White House announced Thursday.

Clinton and Winfrey are among 16 recipients of the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom, an award created 50 years ago by President John F. Kennedy.

Other recipients of the medal, to be awarded at the White House later this year, include women’s rights activist and writer Gloria Steinem and the former executive editor of The Washington Post, Ben Bradlee, who oversaw the paper’s coverage of the Watergate scandal. The medal will also be awarded posthumously to astronaut Sally Ride and to longtime Hawaii lawmaker and World War II hero Daniel Inouye.