Barbra Streisand Is A Ball Of Buttah Accepting The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Plus: Gloria Estefan and Stephen Sondheim get honors, too!

Barbra Streisand’s list of accomplishments is legendary, so it must take a hell of a lot to get her excited about receiving yet another honor.

We may have found that moment, thanks to President Obama, who bestowed the Presidential Medal Of Freedom upon her last night.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 24:  Entertainer Barbra Streisand (R) reacts to the words President Barack Obama said about her before presenting her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to thirteen living and four posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and arts,  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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During a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Obama presented the medal to 13 living and four posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts.

Barbra represents all of those categories.

Science: She was the first to put forward the now widely accepted theory that the sun is a “ball of butter.”

Sports: She helped coach Ryan O’Neal’s improbable boxing career in The Main Event.

Public Service: Every time she sings, it’s a public service

Human Rights: The Streisand Foundation has raised tens of millions for human rights around the world.

Politics: She’s one of those “Hollywood liberals”

Arts: Duh.

Not bad, wouldn’t you say?

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 24:  Entertainer Barbra Streisand (R) reacts to the words President Barack Obama said about her before presenting her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to thirteen living and four posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and arts,  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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The president joked that he was “verklempt” presenting the award, and Barbra looked positively giddy receiving the honor, another jewel in her illustrious life.

WASHINGTON, DC- NOVEMBER 24: President Barack Obama presents Barbra Streisand with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the 2015 Presidential Medal Of Freedom ceremony at the White House on November 24, 2015 in Washington, DC.   (Photo by Kris Connor/WireImage)
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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 24:  U.S. President Barack Obama (R) presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to singer Barbra Streisand (L) during an East Room ceremony November 24, 2015 at the White House in Washington, DC. Seventeen recipients were awarded with the nationÕs highest civilian honor.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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US President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to singer and actress Barbra Streisand at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 24, 2015.  AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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US President Barack Obama and singer and actress Barbra Streisand attend a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 24, 2015.  AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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Hey, watch the hair.

WASHINGTON, DC- NOVEMBER 24: Director Steven Spielberg and Barbra Streisand listen as President Barack Obama speaks during the 2015 Presidential Medal Of Freedom ceremony at the White House on November 24, 2015 in Washington, DC.   (Photo by Kris Connor/WireImage)
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Barbra was joined in receiving this year’s award by Yogi Berra, Bonnie Carroll, Shirley Chisholm, Billy Frank Jr., Lee Hamilton, Katherine G. Johnson, Willie Mays, Barbara Mikulski, Itzhak Perlman, William Ruckelshaus, Steven Spielberg, James Taylor, plus Emilio and Gloria Estefan.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 24:  U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan (R) as her husband Emilio Estefan (L) looks on during an East Room ceremony November 24, 2015 at the White House in Washington, DC. Seventeen recipients were awarded with the nationÕs highest civilian honor.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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And out composer Stephen Sondheim, who somehow had never been honored before.

WASHINGTON, DC- NOVEMBER 24: President Barack Obama presents Stephen Sondheim with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the 2015 Presidential Medal Of Freedom ceremony at the White House on November 24, 2015 in Washington, DC.   (Photo by Kris Connor/WireImage)
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You can see the entire ceremony below. Congratulations to all of this year’s worthy recipients!

 

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