TV host and comedian, Ellen Degeneres was in tears last night as President Obama awarded her a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the America’s highest civilian honour.
Obama choked up as he gave a little speech before awarding Ellen her medal. He said, “It’s easy to forget now just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages 20 years ago,” Mr Obama said as he praised the comedian and actress publicly coming out as gay. He said her bravery was important not only for the LGBT community, but helped “push our country in the direction of justice.”
What a wonderful day. https://t.co/NfiOS6ULUE— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 23, 2016
“What an incredible burden that was to bear – to risk your career like that – people don’t do that very often. And then, to have the hopes of millions on your shoulders,” he said during the award ceremony at the White House.
“It’s like Ellen says: we all want a tortilla chip that can support the weight of guacamole… Which really makes no sense to me, but I thought would break the mood because I was getting kind of choked up.”
Ellen suffered heavy backlash after she admitted to Time Magazine that she was gay in 1997.
Other people who received the Medal of Freedom are Tom Hanks, Michael Jordan and Bruce Springsteen.