Pres­i­dent lays loving on Streep

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RES­I­DENT Barack Obama said he was in love, though he was not speak­ing about Michelle – but he swore she would un­der­stand. “I’ve said it pub­licly: I love Meryl Streep. I love her. Her hus­band knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There’s noth­ing ei­ther of them can do about it,” he said at the Pres­i­den­tial Medal of Free­dom Awards on Mon­day.

Obama en­dowed 18 peo­ple, in­clud­ing Streep, mu­si­cian Ste­vie Won­der, Chilean-Amer­i­can au­thor Is­abel Al­lende, jour­nal­ist Tom Brokaw and com­poser Stephen Sond­heim, with the award, the high­est civil hon­our in the US.

A smil­ing Obama show­ered Streep with praise, com­pli­ment­ing the ac­tress for her abil­ity to em­body the char­ac­ters she plays.

“She in­hab­its her char­ac­ters so fully and com­pas­sion­ately,” he said of the three-time Os­car win­ner at the cer­e­mony at the White House.

He also applauded her mu­si­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties and her im­pres­sive abil­ity to speak with any ac­cent.

“She’s sung ABBA, which, you know, that’s some­thing. She learnt vi­o­lin, wore a nun’s habit, faced down a charg­ing lion, mas­tered ev­ery ac­cent un­der the sun. “Meryl is truly one of Amer­ica’s lead­ing ladies.” Streep won an Os­car in 2012 for her role as Mar­garet Thatcher in The Iron Lady. She took home her first golden statue in 1980 for Kramer vs Kramer and another in 1983 for Sophie’s Choice.

Obama also hon­oured Mo­town legend Won­der, whose al­bum Talk­ing Book was the first he ever bought.

“I was 10 years old, maybe 11… and I lis­tened to that thing – that thing got so worn out.

“What re­ally de­fines Ste­vie’s mu­sic is the warmth and hu­man­ity that res­onates in ev­ery note. Some of his songs helped us to fall in love. Oth­ers mended our hearts. Some mo­ti­vated us on the cam­paign trail,” he said. – Sapa-AFP

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