Joel described the encounter to an ITK spy in downtown Washington.
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Katy Perry, Magic Johnson and Charlie Sheen were among the stars who weighed in.
Streep, along with Stevie Wonder and Tom Brokaw, received the Medal of Freedom on Monday.
Sen. John McCain and Govs. Rick Perry and Chris Christie also made the list.
It's not the first time the Illinois Republican has cited the "Shake it Off" singer.
Susan Morrison will begin her new job just in time to spearhead plans for the executive mansion's holiday gingerbread house.
Ex-White House aide predicts Obama wouldn’t want to wade into issue of taking the honor away.
“Didn’t you guys ever forget something?" the president asked the press corps.