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Al Pacino in the House: Obama Presents National Arts/Humanities Medals

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama presented the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 17 recipients Monday in the East Room at the White House.

They included actor Al Pacino, country music artist Mel Tillis, poet John Ashbery and 100-year-old painter/printmaker Will Barnet.

Obama said the honorees each “left an indelible mark on American culture” by their achievements in the arts and humanities.

“In moments of calm, as in moments of crisis; in times of triumph, as in times of tragedy:  you help guide our growth as a people,” Obama told the honorees. “The true power of the arts and the humanities is that you speak to everyone.  There is not one of us here who hasn’t had their beliefs challenged by a writer’s eloquence; or their knowledge deepened by a historian’s insights; or their sagging spirits lifted by a singer’s voice.  Those are some of the most endearing and memorable moments in our lives.”

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Obama to Award National Medal of Arts, National Humanities Medal

Meryl Streep. Photo Courtesy - Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI(WASHINGTON) -- On Wednesday President Obama will honor some of the most vibrant voices in American literature and music at the White House.

Obama will award the 2010 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 20 recipients, such as musicians James Taylor, Quincy Jones and Van Cliburn.  Actress Meryl Streep and authors Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates, and Harper Lee will also be among those awarded for their contributions to the arts.

The complete list of the honorees is :

2010 National Medal of Arts

* Robert Brustein
* Van Cliburn
* Mark di Suvero
* Donald Hall
* Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
* Quincy Jones
* Harper Lee
* Sonny Rollins
* Meryl Streep
* James Taylor

2010 National Humanities Medal

* Daniel Aaron
* Bernard Bailyn
* Jacques Barzun
* Wendell E. Berry
* Roberto González Echevarría
* Stanley Nider Katz
* Joyce Carol Oates
* Arnold Rampersad
* Philip Roth
* Gordon Wood´╗┐

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