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Clinton, Oprah, 14 others given Medal of Freedom

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor Wednesday to 16 Americans, including former President Bill Clinton and iconic talk show host Oprah Winfrey, in a star-studded and often poignant celebration at the White House.

“These are the men and women who in their extraordinary lives remind us all of the beauty of the human spirit, the values that define us as Americans, the potential that lives inside of all of us,” Obama said in a 45-minute ceremony.

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