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Honoring opera to 'Star Wars,' Obama awards arts medals to 24

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Citing the power of artists and academics to open minds, President Barack Obama on Wednesday awarded 24 medals to people including "Star Wars" creator George Lucas and writer Joan Didion who he said touched his life and the lives of Americans. Full story

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U.S. President Barack Obama makes a light reference to old movie special effects while speaking about award recipient George Lucas who created "Star Wars" during the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal ceremony at the White House in Washington July 10, 2013 file photo.REUTERS/Kevin

George Lucas walks to his seat after US President Obama awarded him the 2012 National Medal of Arts during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington
George Lucas walks to his seat after US President Obama awarded him the 2012 National Medal of Arts during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington

Film producer George Lucas walks to his seat after U.S. President Barack Obama awarded him the 2012 National Medal of Arts during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (

U.S. President Barack Obama awards the 2012 National Medal of Arts to film producer George Lucas during a ceremony in Washington
U.S. President Barack Obama awards the 2012 National Medal of Arts to film producer George Lucas during a ceremony in Washington

U.S. President Barack Obama awards the 2012 National Medal of Arts to film producer George Lucas during a ceremony at the East Room of the White House in Washington July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS)