Ellen DeGeneres Forgot Her ID and Almost Couldn’t Get Into the White House for Her Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony

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To quickly sum it up: only Ellen DeGeneres could pull this off.

Before the ceremony, during which President Barack Obama presented DeGeneres and 20 other artists, athletes, activists the Presidential Medal of Freedom, DeGeneres shared a photo of her sitting outside alone on a bench saying, “They haven’t let me in to the White House yet because I forgot my ID. #NotJoking#PresidentialMedalOfFreedom.”

Only Ellen.

Eventually, DeGeneres got in and was presented the highest honor a civilian can receive, recognizing her extraordinary contributions to world peace, culture, and other national interests.

Of course, before the ceremony, she led the other honorees in the Mannequin Challenge.

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When it was finally time for DeGeneres to receive her medal she was clearly emotional, which made just about everyone else emotional as we were reminded to “just keep swimming.”