Johnny Cash Medaled by President Bush

The Man in Black made a rare public appearance Monday night (April 22) in Washington, D.C. Johnny Cash was presented the National Medal of Arts by President George Bush in a ceremony at Constitution Hall. Cash has been spending winters at his estate in Jamaica, to avoid cold winters in Nashville, since a nerve condition renders him susceptible to pneumonia. Actor Kirk Douglas and classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma were among the 16 recipients of National Medals of Arts and National Humanities Medals. At the ceremony, Ma also performed a movement from a Brahms violin sonata with National Security Adviser and pianist Condoleezza Rice. 04/23/02