This Thanksgiving, Ellen DeGeneres is extra thankful.

On Tuesday, the upbeat and happy comedian and talk show host was honored with the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama at the White House.

“In a career spanning three decades, Ellen DeGeneres has lifted our spirits and brought joy to our lives as a stand-up comic, actor and television star. In every role, she reminds us to be kind to one another and treat each other as we would want to be treated,” the presenter said. “At a pivotal moment, her courage and candor helped changed the minds of millions of Americans, accelerating our nation’s constant drive for equality and acceptance for all.”

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As the presenter continued, DeGeneres, standing next to President Obama, teared up.

“Again and again, Ellen DeGeneres has shown us that a single individual can make the world a more fun, a more loving and a more open place so long as we just keep swimming,” the presenter said.

The crowd cheered as President Obama placed the medal around DeGeneres’s neck.

In true DeGeneres fashion, she made us laugh again with a joke on Instagram. Posing with her wife, Portia De Rossi, DeGeneres wrote, “@BarackObama just awarded me the Medal of Freedom. I hope it serves as an ID. I have no idea how I’m getting home.”

Nicole is a content editor with Rare. 
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