17 Celebrity Obama Donors Who Were Awarded Medals by Obama
On Thursday, President Barack Obama awarded his last Presidential Medal of Freedom, to Vice President Joe Biden. Last November, he awarded 21 people with this medal, the highest honor a president can bestow on a civilian, in an action widely reported as his "last" Presidential Medals of Freedom.
Obama has given more people this award than any other president, and a great many of recipients were his campaign donors. Obama has also become notorious for awarding celebrities: and many of those celebrities contributed generously to his campaign coffers.
Here are 17 celebrities who also gave thousands to Obama, and who — SURPRISE! — were awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
1. Billie Jean King.
In 2009, Obama delivered the medal to Billie Jean King, a women's tennis star famous for winning the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match in 1973. King has also become a gay rights advocate. She also just happened to give $5,000 to Obama's campaign in 2012 and $5,200 to Hillary Clinton last year, according to OpenSecrets.