For one of his last acts in office, America’s commander in chief is honoring music’s commander in chief.
Today, President Barack Obama named The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The country’s highest civil honor, the Medal of Freedom is presented to individuals “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
Springsteen is a longtime supporter of President Obama, having hit the campaign trail for him in both 2008 and 2012. He even wrote a campaign theme song.
Now, Obama is returning the love; Springsteen joins a select group of musicians to have received the Medal of Freedom, including Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, and Aretha Franklin.
In an issued press release, President Obama said of Springsteen’s contributions:
“Bruce Springsteen is a singer, songwriter, and bandleader. More than five decades ago, he bought a guitar and learned how to make it talk. Since then, the stories he has told, in lyrics and epic live concert performances, have helped shape American music and have challenged us to realize the American dream. Springsteen is a Kennedy Center honoree and he and the E Street Band he leads have each been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
In all, 21 high-achievers will be awarded the Medal of Freedom during a ceremony taking place at the White House on November 22nd. Other recipients include singer Diana Ross; actors Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Robert Redford; basketball legends Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar; and SNL creator Lorne Michaels. Ellen DeGeneres, Bill and Melinda Gates, architect Frank Gehry, and legendary baseball announcer Vin Scully will also be honored. Needless to say, it should be a fun afterparty.