The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the States, recognising those who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavours”.
So, we are beyond excited that everyone’s Fairy Godmother, Ellen, was one of this year’s recipients!
Watch Ellen receive her award below and TRY not to cry -
“In a career spanning three decades, Ellen DeGeneres has lifted our spirits and brought joy to our lives as a standup comic, actor and television star. In every role, she reminds us to be kind to one another and to treat people as each of us wants to be treated.
"At a pivotal moment, her courage and candour helped change the hearts and minds of millions of Americans, accelerating our nation’s constant drive towards equality and acceptance for all.
"Again and again, Ellen DeGeneres has shown us that a single individual can make the world a more fun, more open, more loving place so long as we just keep swimming.”
“So long as we just keep swimming” - TEARS OUT OF OUR FACES RIGHT ABOUT NOW!
And Obama comforting her throughout the speech!
Other legendary celebrities awarded, include Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jordan, Diana Ross, and Bill & Melinda Gates.
Congratulations to all!
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