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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor for civilians in the United States of America. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor for civilians in the United States of America. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 21 Americans during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor for civilians in the United States of America.

After almost not being allowed inside the White House, Ellen DeGeneres had an emotional moment while being presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom!

Talking about her, the announcer said “In a career spanning three decades, Ellen DeGeneres has lifted our spirits and brought joy to our lives as a stand-up comic, actor, and television star. In every role, she reminds us to be kind to one another and to treat people as each of us wants to be treated. At pivotal moments, her courage and candor helped change the minds and hearts of millions of Americans, accelerating our nation’s constant drive toward equality and acceptance for all. Again and again, Ellen DeGeneres has shown us that a single individual can make the world a more fun, more open, more loving place, so long as we ‘just keep swimming.”

Other stars who received the medal included Tom HanksDiana RossRobert De NiroBruce SpringsteenRobert RedfordSaturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, basketball players Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-JabbarBill and Melinda Gates, and more.

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U.S. President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to XXX during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to 19 living and two posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts.

U.S. President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to XXX during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to 19 living and two posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 22: U.S. U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former NBA star Michael Jordan during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor for civilians in the United States of America. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 22: U.S. U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former NBA star Michael Jordan during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor for civilians in the United States of America. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to actor Robert De Niro during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor for civilians in the United States of America. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to actor Robert De Niro during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor for civilians in the United States of America. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Robert Redford during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor for civilians in the United States of America. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Robert Redford during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor for civilians in the United States of America. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to actress Cicely Tyson during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor for civilians in the United States of America. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to actress Cicely Tyson during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor for civilians in the United States of America. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Academy Award winner, filmmaker and social justice advocate Tom Hanks during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to 19 living and two posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Academy Award winner, filmmaker and social justice advocate Tom Hanks during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to 19 living and two posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama awards Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates the Presidential Medal of Freedom by during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to 19 living and two posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama awards Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates the Presidential Medal of Freedom by during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to 19 living and two posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Diana Ross during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor for civilians in the United States of America. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Diana Ross during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor for civilians in the United States of America. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 22: U.S. U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to musician Bruce Springsteen during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor for civilians in the United States of America. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 22: U.S. U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to musician Bruce Springsteen during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor for civilians in the United States of America. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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13 Comments

  1. Ada

    November 23, 2016 at 5:34 am

    BN please check your title. It’s medal of freedom not media.

    • ATL's finest

      November 23, 2016 at 7:31 am

      @ Ada God bless U ????i tire o.. I had to quickly check the news/online to be sure I wasn’t the one tripping 🙂

  2. Ify

    November 23, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Cicely Tyson!!!! ?

    • Anon

      November 23, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Ever so gracious.

  3. Rainbow kisses

    November 23, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Way to go Ellen!

  4. ijebu Khaleesi

    November 23, 2016 at 9:15 am

    But on the real though…

    BN you need to reprimand your writing team.
    The writing and editing standards have nose-dived the last couple of months,
    These spelling errors are not acceptable certainly not at your level or the levels we HOPE you are aiming for.

    From a concerned fan.

  5. Troy.

    November 23, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Ellen DeGeneres got the presidential medal of freedom for what? Freedom to be a lesbian? When men applaud and honour you, it doesn’t always mean God does. “”What will it profit a man/woman, if he/she gain the whole world and lose his/her soul?”‘

    • ogeAdiro

      November 23, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Some of us actually want to go to hell. Because if some of you so called christians will be in heaven, then we’d rather go to hell.

    • tunmi

      November 24, 2016 at 1:42 am

      Wo gimme five ????

  6. EC

    November 23, 2016 at 11:06 am

    robert deniro (sp) my bae. please smile more

  7. Pissed

    November 23, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Cicely tyson over killed the role of Annalise keating’s mother in How to get away with murder series, the only woman who could handle AK??

  8. OA

    November 23, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Ditto on “Way to go Ellen!” She seems to have such a good heart.

  9. Felinda

    November 24, 2016 at 4:02 am

    this so so beautiful and so well deserved.

    Gosh obama is such a great president and knows how to put a smile on peoples face

    Now we are going from ice cream to pure messy shit – a fcking retarded orange clown with no charisma.

    Gosh

    I am so going to miss the Obamas

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