The Obama Administration only has a few more years in which to reward its mega-donors or watch the Barack Obama Presidential library go unfunded. Since they’ve already bestowed all of their Ambassadorships on mega-bundlers and would have a difficult time explaining why Hollywood stars were serving in Cabinet-level positions, it seems that the Administration has taken to simply rewarding their biggest showbiz supporters with major American honors, typically reserved for those whose contributions to society aren’t monetary.
This year, the Presidential Medal of Freedom will go to, among others, Steven Spielberg, Barbara Streisand and James Taylor – all of whom have contributed markedly to American culture, but all of whom also happen to be huge Obama Administration supporters (and, in the case of James Taylor, an integral part of the Administration’s foreign policy).
Director Steven Spielberg, singer James Taylor and multihyphenate Barbra Streisand are set to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Obama administration said on Monday.
Producer Emilio Estefan, singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan and conductor Itzhak Perlman are also among Hollywood notables who will receive the honor on Nov. 24 at the White House.
Composer Steven Sondheim, who was awarded the honor last year but wasn’t able to attend the 2014 ceremony, will be awarded the honor this month.
“I look forward to presenting these 17 distinguished Americans with our nation’s highest civilian honor,” said the President in a statement. “From public servants who helped us meet defining challenges of our time to artists who expanded our imaginations, from leaders who have made our union more perfect to athletes who have inspired millions of fans, these men and women have enriched our lives and helped define our shared experience as Americans.”
Steven Spielberg is a million-dollar donor to the Obama SuperPAC, and since 1984, has spent millions more on local and national Democrats. Barbara Streisand maxed out in her quest to boost Obama into the White House. Taylor, perhaps the least well-off of the bunch, gave a measley $30,000.
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