President Obama Names Al Pacino, Six Others, National Arts Medalists

The National Endowment for the Arts just announced that on Monday, President Obama will award actor Al Pacino, artist Will Barnet, poet Rita Dove, arts philanthropist Emily Rauh Pulitzer, sculptor Martin Puryear, singer-songwriter Mel Tillis, and pianist Andre Watts National Medals of Arts. I have to say, given the current political environment, I’d kind of love to hear Obama and Pacino talk about Pacino’s turn as Roy Cohn, Sen. Joe McCarthy’s henchman, in Angels in America.