Awwwwwwwww.

President Barack Obama just presented his last-ever Presidential Medal of Freedom, and he gave one of ’em to an adorably emotional Ellen DeGeneres

WATCH: Obama Chokes Up While Presenting A Teary Ellen W/ Medal Of Freedom

Obama praised Ellen‘s work in the LGBTQIA space, and spoke of the huge amount of courage it took the television host to come out as gay in the spotlight almost 20 years ago. 

“It’s easy to forget now when we’ve come so far, where now marriage is equal under law, just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages almost 20 years ago. 

Just how important it was. Not just for the LGBT community, but for all of us.

To see somebody so full of kindness and light, somebody we liked so much, somebody who could be our neighbour or our colleague or our sister; challenge our own assumptions. Remind us that we have more in common than we realise. Push our country in the direction of justice. 

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 continues on to repeat one of Ellen’s jokes, which he then admits didn’t make sense, but he threw it in because he was getting choked up and needed to lighten the mood:

“But 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 I would break the mood, because I was getting choked up.”

He continues, 

“But she did pay a price. We didn’t remember this. I hadn’t remembered it. 

She did, for a pretty long stretch of time – even in Hollywood. 

And yet, today, every day, in every way, Ellen counters what often divides us, with the countless things that bind us together, inspires us to be better, one joke, one dance at a time.”

As he placed the medal around her neck and – BLESS HER BEAUTIFUL HEART – DeGeneres began to visibly tear up, an announcer read:

“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 candor 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.”

Watch the emotional moment below:

It was incredibly lucky that Ellen managed to get in to accept the award, however. 

About an hour before the ceremony began, she tweeted that she legitimately couldn’t get into the White House because she’d forgotten her ID:

But all’s well that ends well, as you saw above. 

Look at her adorable victory tweet, with her wife Portia de Rossi:

Other recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 included:

— Tom Hanks


— Robert De Niro


— Robert Redford


— Cicely Tyson


— Michael Jordan


— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


— Vin Scully


— Bill and Melinda Gates


— Bruce Springsteen


— Diana Ross


— Richard Garwin, an inventor and polymath physicist who made pioneering contributions to the nation’s defence.

— Frank Gehry, one of the world’s leading architects.

— Margaret H. Hamilton, a mathematician and computer scientist.


— Maya Lin, the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

— Lorne Michaels, producer of ‘Saturday Night Live‘.

— Newton Minow, a former Federal Communications Commission chairman devoted to numerous public and charitable causes.

— Eduardo Padron, president of Miami Dade College.

— Elouise Cobell, Native American advocate (posthumous)


— Rear Adm. Grace Hopper (posthumous)

Source/Photo: Channel 4.