Meryl Streep is one of our primo national treasures. And, on Monday, President Obama made it official when he awarded the world's greatest living actress with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The three-time Oscar winner is used to having hardware bestowed upon her, but Monday's honor was next level. Along with the Congressional Gold Medal, it's the highest civilian award in the country.
Throughout the course of his presidency, Obama has hobnobbed with the biggest stars on the planet. But, not even he could contain his excitement Monday.
"I love Meryl Streep,” the president said. "Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There's nothing they can do about it.”
All we can say is: Welcome to the club, Mr. President.
If what little we've seen of her performance as The Witch in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's fairy tale mashup, Into The Woods, is any indication, we're in for some peak Streep come December 25.
And, it looks like we know what the first family will be doing on Christmas. (Vanity Fair)