“Ellen DeGeneres has shown that single individual can make the world a more fun, more open, and more loving place, so long as we just keep swimming,”
On Tuesday November 22nd, Ellen DeGeneres was one of select few to be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a prestigious award granted to individuals who have contributed to notable change and progress in the United States.
A White House aid summarized why Ellen was more than deserving of this award as he delved into her defining career, noting her courage in coming out during a time when marriage equality was not prevalent in the U.S., which aided the progress of LGBT equality.
As President Obama gave Ellen the medal, the comedian began to tear up as the Potus himself commended her for her constant efforts in making the world a better place for all to live in.
Watch the emotional video above.