[Washington, D.C., August 12. Image via Getty]

US President Barack Obama smiles before presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to actress, singer and dancer Chita Rivera during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House on August 12, 2009. Obama awarded 16 individuals the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)