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Stevie Wonder Honored with Medal of Freedom at White House Ceremony


ABC/Lou RoccoPresident Obama on Monday honored 19 individuals, including Stevie Wonder,with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.

At the White House ceremony, Obama noted that Wonder’s classic 1972 album Talking Book had a profound impact on him when he was growing up.

“This is, by the way, the first album I bought with my own money. I was 10 years old, maybe 11…with my own cash!” the president recounted, as the singer sat beside him. “I didn’t have a lot of it.”

“And I listened to that thing — that thing got so worn out, had all scratches — young people, you won’t remember this, but you had albums and they got scratched,” Obama added.

The honorees also included actresses Meryl Streep and Marlo Thomas.

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