Even Medal of Freedom honorees want ID to get into the White House.
Ellen DeGeneres revealed on Twitter that she forgot her identification and was caught exterior earlier than the ceremony. She finally made her approach in, and each she and President Barack Obama bought choked up on the occasion.
“In 1997, after popping out herself, DeGeneres made TV historical past when her character on Ellen revealed she was a lesbian. In her work and in her life, she has been a passionate advocate for equality and equity,” mentioned an announcement issued by the president.
“In a profession spanning three a long time, Ellen DeGeneres has lifted our spirits and introduced pleasure to our lives as a stand-up comedian, actor and tv star,” a White House aide gushed in regards to the Finding Dory (2016) star (by way of Us Weekly). “At a pivotal second, her braveness and candor helped change the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of Individuals, accelerating our nation’s fixed drive towards equality and acceptance for all. Ellen DeGeneres has confirmed us single particular person could make the world a extra enjoyable, extra open, extra loving place, as long as we simply maintain swimming.”
On the induction, Obama instructed the gang (by way of Fortune), “It is easy to overlook now, after we’ve come thus far, the place now marriage is equal below the regulation, simply how a lot braveness was required for Ellen to come back out on probably the most public of levels nearly 20 years in the past. Simply how necessary it was not only for the LGBT group, however for all of us to see any person so filled with kindness and light-weight—any person we appreciated a lot, any person who might be our neighbor or our colleague or our sister—problem our personal assumptions, remind us that we now have extra in widespread than we notice, push our nation within the path of justice.” He continued, “What an unbelievable burden it was to bear, to danger your profession like that. Individuals do not do that fairly often.”
The president concluded (by way of The New York Times), “It is like Ellen says: ‘All of us need a tortilla chip that may help the burden of guacamole,’ which actually is mindless to me, however I believed it will break the temper as a result of I used to be getting type of choked up.”