Obama and Bush 41

President Barack Obama meets with former President George H. W. Bush in the Oval Office on Tuesday before the 2010 Medal of Freedom ceremony. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

What do George H. W. Bush, Stan Musial and Maya Angelou have in common?

The former president, baseball legend and Pulitzer-nominated poet are among 15 people who received the 2010 Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in a presentation ceremony earlier this afternoon. The Medal of Freedom is the highest American civilian honor. It recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to American national interests or security, world peace, cultural achievements or other public and private efforts.

A slideshow of the recipients