Held at the White House, the ceremony for the award of freedom medals by President Obama was very moving this year as Ellen DeGeneres was honored. A symbol after the election of Donald Trump in the presidential election.
"Again and again, Ellen DeGeneres has shown us that a single individual can make the world a more fun, more open, more loving place," a White House aide describing DeGeneres said in the introduction. "The long career, the enormous heart, and the will to make the world a better place for all peoples," praise that caused a strong emotion for both Ellen and also for President Obama.
Remember that in 1997, Ellen Degeneres made the decision to come out. ABC, the broadcaster of her show, was then flooded with complaints and canceled the show the following year. Things have changed, but throughout her career, DeGeneres has been the target of anti-LGBTQ groups. A great reward today with this medal that represents freedom.
"Ellen counters what too often divides us, with the countless things that bind us together, inspires us to be better, one joke, one dance at a time," Obama said, as he issued the award.