President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the greatest civilian honor in the country, to 21 unbelievably deservingindividuals on Tuesday.
And when it was presented toEllen DeGeneres, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Its easy to forget now, when weve come in so far, where now marriage is equal under the law, just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on “the worlds largest” populace of stages nearly 20 years ago, Obama said during the ceremony at the White House.
“What an incredible load that was to bear, to risk her career like that. People don’t do that quite often, and then to have the hopes of millions on your shoulders, ” he added, before cracking an Ellen joke.
” But it’s like Ellen articulates:’ We all crave a tortilla microchip, that can support the load of guacamole ,’ which really shapes no appreciation to me, but I thought it would break the climate because I was getting kind of choked up ,” Obama admitted.
Obama also presented the accolade to, among others, Lorne Michaels, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, Diana Ross, and Cicely Tyson, and likewise honored athletics legends Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and donors Bill and Melinda Gates.
But Ellen had a particularly tough jaunt to the White House, having forgotten her ID.
But apparently that wasn’t too much of such issues, and the whole “medal of honor” thing likely had something to do with it.
And because she’s Ellen, she managed to get everyone there to participate in the Mannequin Challenge.
That alone deserves some kind of medal.
Never change, Ellen.