President Joe Biden awarded medals to a group of 22 singers, authors, artists, and humanitarians at the White House, including Bruce Springsteen, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mindy Kaling, and Gladys Knight. During the ceremony, Biden made a joke about seeking reelection, which drew a laugh from the audience. The honorees were recognized for their contributions to American culture, including dance, art, design, history, music, writing, and philanthropy. The recipients of the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal were carefully chosen, with many of them already having won numerous awards in their respective fields. The event was a feel-good occasion, and Biden concluded the ceremony by thanking the honorees for making the country a better place.