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©KEIVN DIETSCH/UPI/MAXPPP - President Barack Obama shares a laugh with author with Toni Morrison after awarding her a Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington on May 29, 2012. The Medal of Freedom is our Nation's highest civilian honor, 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. UPI/Kevin Dietsch