21 Famous Names to Receive America's Highest Civilian Honor

Some of the individuals were left speechless when finding out they will receive Medals of Freedom.
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Finally tonight, 21 names about to receive the country's highest civilian honor, and tonight, some of those names, and a phone call that left one of them speechless. Tonight, president Obama naming the recipients of the presidential medal of freedom. Our nation's highest civilian honor. ??? I was born in the usa ??? The honor presented to individuals who have made contributions to the U.S., to world peace or to our culture. The boss among those to be honored. Actor Robert de Niro. You talking to me? Yes, he is. The president also honoring Robert Redford. Ellen DeGeneres honored, too, the president saying for her trademark humility, humor and optimism. The white house not mentioning her dance moves, but we will. Tom Hanks honored, too. My momma always said, life was like a box of chocolates. Also on the list, vin Scully. The legendary baseball announcer. And just listen to the call from white house press secretary Josh earnest. Hello? Hello, Mr. Scully? Yes. Every year, the president gives out something called the presidential med Al of freedom, and this year, he's going to give it to you. Oh, my gosh. No. Yes. So, you've had -- Are you sure? Ah -- well -- I'm just an old baseball announcer. Well, listen. You've had a remarkable impact on the lives of generations of sports fans in this country. Vin Scully and the rest. We congratulate you all tonight. And we thank you for watching. I'm David Muir. I hope to see you right back here tomorrow. Good night..

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