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Ellen DeGeneres Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom
Comedian Ellen Degeneres was invited to the White House by President Barack Obama to receive the Medal of Freedom. But she couldn't make it over the doorstep!
Ellen Degeneres struggled to fight back the tears as President Barack Obama presented her with the Medal of Freedom at a ceremony held in the White House.
However, just because you're being awarded the Medal of Freedom by the President of the United States, doesn't mean that you're going to be let in to the White House.
That's right, the Finding Dory star, 58, was denied entry to the White House after forgetting her ID!
The comedian was amongst a group of 21 people who were being awarded what is considered to be the highest medal of honour in the United States, for her activism for gay rights.
After the celebrity 'don't you know who I am' faux pas, Ellen was finally let in to receive her award. She tweeted: "I'm in" alongside a video of the recipients taking on the mannequin challenge.
I'm in. pic.twitter.com/oU344pnYsH— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 22, 2016
During an emotional speech, President Obama choked up as he recalled the moment when Ellen came out as gay on an episode of her chat show, The Ellen Show, in 1997.
"What an incredible burden to bear, to risk your career like that. ... And yet today, every day and in every way, Ellen counters what often divides us and inspires us to be better, one joke and one dance at a time,” he said.
The ceremony, which was President Obama's last one in the White House, also saw actors Tom Hanks and Robert De Niro, singer Diana Ross, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, singer Bruce Springsteen and basketball player Michael Jordan receive the Medal of Freedom.
Congratulations to you all! Well deserved.