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Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Expected Attendees at the Dinner in Honor of Presidential Medal of Freedom Awardees

This evening, the President and First Lady will host a dinner to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Presidential Medal of Freedom as established by President Kennedy.  This event will be held at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Below is a list of the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom who are expected to attend tonight’s dinner:

  • Mr. Hank Aaron
  • Mr. Ernie Banks
  • Mr. Ben Bradlee
  • The Honorable Paul Bremer
  • The Honorable Nancy Brinker
  • Mr. Vinton Cerf
  • General Wesley Clark, USA (Ret.)
  • The Honorable Bill Clinton
  • The Honorable William T Coleman, Jr.
  • Dr. Francis Collins
  • Ms. Ruth Colvin
  • The Honorable Ryan Crocker
  • Mr. John Doar
  • Ms. Marian Wright Edelman
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci
  • Dr. Norman C. Francis
  • Ms. Aretha Franklin
  • Professor Hanna Holborn Gray
  • The Honorable Alan Greenspan
  • Dr. Pedro Jose Greer, Jr.
  • Dr. David Hamburg
  • Dr. Donald Henderson
  • Ms. Frances Hesselbein
  • The Honorable John Howard
  • Ms. Dolores Huerta
  • Mrs. Irene Hirano Inouye (On Behalf of the Honorable Daniel Inouye)
  • Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.
  • Mr. Robert Kahn
  • Dr. Daniel Kahneman
  • The Honorable Henry Kissinger
  • Mrs. Gerda W Klein
  • The Honorable John Lewis
  • Captain James Lovell, Jr., USN (Ret.)
  • Reverend Joseph Lowery
  • The Honorable Richard Lugar
  • Ms. Sylvia Mendez
  • The Honorable Robert Michel
  • The Honorable George Mitchell
  • Dr. Mario Molina
  • Elsa Morejon (On Behalf of Dr. Oscar Biscet)
  • General Richard Myers, USAF (Ret.)
  • Mr. Walter Naegle (On Behalf of Bayard Rustin)
  • Dr. Tam O'Shaughnessy (On Behalf of Dr. Sally Ride)
  • Mr. Norman H Podhoretz
  • The Honorable Cruz Reynoso
  • The Rt. Hon. the Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, KT, GCMG
  • Mr. David Rockefeller, Sr.
  • Ms. Janet Rowley
  • Mr. William F Russell
  • Mr. Arturo Sandoval
  • The Honorable Laurence Silberman
  • The Honorable Jean Kennedy Smith
  • Ms. Linnea Smith (On Behalf of Dean Smith)
  • Ms. Gloria Steinem
  • Mr. John Sweeney
  • Rev. C.T. Vivian
  • The Honorable Patricia Wald
  • The Honorable William H Webster
  • Ms. Oprah Winfrey
  • Mr. Muhammad Yunus