The President recognizes the 13 recipients of the Presidential Citizens Medal, a tradition dating back over 40 years and established by President Nixon. The award is one of the highest honors.

The President recognizes the 13 recipients of the 2017 Presidential Citizens Medal. A tradition dating back more 40 years and established by President Nixon, the award is one of the highest.

President Obama presents 13 exceptional individuals with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Honorees include former President George H.W. Bush, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, author and poet.

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