Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Jesi Max

Ellen DeGeneres Emotionally Recieves Medal of Freedom

Ellen DeGeneres was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom–the highest honor for a U.S. civilian at the White House on Tuesday, November 22. While getting presented the award by President Obama, she got visibly emotional and made hearts everywhere explode.

Tears streamed down her face as she stood beside President Barack Obama while she was honoured for breaking down barriers when she announced she was gay in the 1990s.

“It’s easy to forget now, when we’ve come so far -- where now marriage is equal under the law -- just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages almost 20 years ago,” Obama said. “Just how important it was. Not just to the LGBT community, but for all of us.”

The 58-year-old talk show host, who was chosen because of her influence on LGBT rights, was one of 21 recipients honored with the prestigious award, including Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jordan, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks and Diana Ross. DeGeneres was introduced by both a White House aide and Obama, 55.

DeGeneres teared up as a White House aide introduced her and praised her courage in blazing a trail for LGBTQ equality: “At a pivotal moment, her courage and candor helped change the hearts and minds of million of Americans, accelerating our nation’s constant drive toward equality and acceptance for all,” the aide said.

“Ellen DeGeneres has showed us that a single individual can make the world a more fun, more open, more loving place, so long as we just keep swimming,” he added, referring to DeGeneres’s role as Dory in Finding Nemo.

Then Obama gave DeGeneres the medal and an affectionate hug.

DeGeneres's visit to the White House faced a brief delay because she forgot to bring her ID.

DeGeneres, sitting on a park bench before the ceremony, tweeted, "They haven't let me in to the White House yet because I forgot my ID." She added, "#NotJoking."

The Presidential Medal of Freedom recognizes especially meritorious contributions to the national interests of the United States, its security and its culture. Obama called the 2016 group a "particularly impressive class."

It is the highest civilian honour in the U.S.

Jesi Max

About Jesi Max -

A writer and entrepreneur who works on the marketing and strategy side of fashion. In particular, her writing and professional work focuses on the art of narrative marketing and branding as it applies to fashion and luxury. She also is the author of, a new blog that looks at fashion from an intellectual perspective.

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