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Your bravery pushed the country to justice: Obama lauds Ellen DeGeneres

Your bravery pushed the country to justice: Obama lauds Ellen DeGeneres

Apparently, the Secret Service does, as comedian Ellen DeGeneres experienced a delay in getting into a ceremony in which she and 20 others were honored with the nation's highest civilian award. He said her bravery helped "push our country in the direction of justice", reports bbc.com.

"In 1997, after coming out herself, DeGeneres made TV history when her character on Ellen revealed she was a lesbian", the White House said earlier this month when naming DeGeneres.

"Everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful, personal way, in ways that they probably couldn't imagine". "And then, to have the hopes of millions on your shoulders".

During the event, the White House aide 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".

With less than two months to go until leaving office, it was obvious President Obama was enjoying one of the biggest perks of the job: the bully pulpit.

Celebrities including Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Michael Jordan all received an award, but it's Ellen De Generes who everyone can't stop talking about.

In total, the USA president decorated 21 personalities with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, reports BBC News.

Springsteen's contributions in that arena came in the form of his extensive catalog of music, which helps to "capture the pain and the promise of the American experience", an announcer said at Tuesday's ceremony.

Ellen DeGenneres pulled off a star-studded Mannequin Challenge video at the White House on on Tuesday (November 22).

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda were also honored for their philanthropic work. Nevertheless, when called upon to receive the award, Ellen DeGeneres got all emotional hearing all her achievements being recalled especially when her efforts for equality were recognized.