Watch Obama Get All Choked Up Presenting Ellen With A Presidential Medal Of Freedom
It's easy to forget that armchair-dwelling, dance enthusiast Ellen DeGeneres did a pretty big/brave thing by coming out in the public eye some 20 years ago. Obama just reminded us that Ellen's actions helped create a better, more tolerant world as he presented her with a Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House. The speech saw Obama choke up, Ellen tear up and just about broke our hearts in two.
"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," Obama opened.
"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 then deviated from this serious tone for a sec, throwing in a joke to avoid getting all shook up. "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 said. Aw, buddy.
"But she did pay a price. We didn't remember this. I hadn't remembered it," he continued. "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."
We're not crying, you're crying.
Photo: Channel 4 News