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By Steve Holland
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden made an commentary when conferring the Nationwide Medal of Arts on rocker Bruce Springsteen on Tuesday: “Bruce, some persons are simply born to run, man.”
Springsteen and a number of actors, authors, singers and different artists joined Biden within the White Home East Room the place they acquired both a Nationwide Medal of Arts or Nationwide Humanities Medal for his or her contributions to American society.
Comic Julia Louis-Dreyfus, whose “Veep” present made gentle of the vice presidency – an workplace Biden as soon as held – was additionally honored.
“She embraces life’s absurdity with absolute wit, and handles actual life turns with absolute grace. A mother, a most cancers survivor, a pioneer for girls in comedy, she is an American authentic,” mentioned Biden.
Actress Mindy Kaling, a major character on the long-running tv present, “The Workplace,” set in Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, acquired a medal as effectively.
When Biden launched creator Colson Whitehead to the gang, he famous that Whitehead had received again to again Pulitzer prizes for his books, and gave a touch of his personal ambitions.
“I am attempting to return to again myself,” mentioned Biden, who has mentioned he intends to run for re-election in 2024.
Singer Gladys Knight, the “empress of soul,” was an honoree, together with clothes designer Vera Wang, historian Walter Isaacson and authors Amy Tan, Ann Patchett and Tara Westover, amongst others.
(Reporting by Steve Holland and Eric Beech; Modifying by Richard Chang)