Ellen DeGeneres was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House this week and its safe to say that things got emotional.
As soon as our favorite comedian and prankster's name was called during the cereomy, she immeditly started tearing up. And with good reason. According to Cosmopolitan, here is the introduction that was read:
"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 a pivotal moment, her courage and candor helped change the hearts and minds of millions of Americans, accelerating our nation's constant drive for 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."
— CNN (@CNN) November 22, 2016
Hold on, gotta grab my tissues. Okay, we're good. Now, where was I? Oh yes, tears. But she wasn't the only one to get emotional. She was one of 21 honorees including "Tom Hanks, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Diana Ross–the last group Obama will ever induct", Cosmopolitan reports. As well, Michael Jordan was one of the honorees and even he could not keep it together.
Pres. Obama honors a tearful Michael Jordan: "MJ is more than just a logo. He's more than just an internet meme"pic.twitter.com/ayk3qxmBA2
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 22, 2016