Ellen DeGeneres Involves Medal of Freedom Honorees in Mannequin Challenge
Later, DeGeneres was presented with her Presidential Medal of Freedom by Obama, who praised the personality for her bravery in coming out as gay back in 1997. “It’s easy to forget now, when we’ve come so far… just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages almost 20 years ago,” Obama said during the ceremony. “What an incredible burden that was to bear – to risk your career like that – people don’t do that very often. And then, to have the hopes of millions on your shoulders. It’s like Ellen says: we all want a tortilla chip that can support the weight of guacamole… Which really makes no sense to me, but I thought would break the mood because I was getting kind of choked up.” Obama wasn’t the only one to find himself overcome with emotion – DeGeneres also appeared to be struggling to control herself, and appeared teary eyed as she was presented with the medal.
Look what @RitaWilson #Ellen and I got everyone to do! I’m in the pink dress laughing with Rita! It’s the #MannequinChallenge, Presidential Medal of Freedom Edition at the @WhiteHouse!! Starring #RobertDeNiro, @RitaWilson, @TheEllenShow, @KareemAbdulJabbar_33, @TomHanks, #BillGates, #MichaelJordan, @FrankGehry, my mama #DianaRoss, and more!