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President Obama Awards 2009 National Humanities Medals

U.S. President Barack Obama presents the 2009 National Humanities Medal to Philippe De Montebello. REUTERS/Larry Downing.

WASHINGTON, DC.- President Barack Obama presented
the 2009 National Humanities Medals to eight Americans for their outstanding
achievements in history, literature, cultural philanthropy, and museum
Medals were given to historians Robert A. Caro, Annette
Gordon-Reed, David Levering Lewis, and William H. McNeill; museum director
Philippe de Montebello; philanthropist Albert H. Small; author Theodore C.
Sorensen; and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel.