VIDEO: Ellen DeGeneres Talks Forgetting Her ID & Finally Getting to White House for Presidential Medal of Freedom!
Ellen DeGeneres spoke all about her huge week in Washington, DC where she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on her show, airing later today.
Ellen started off her monologue talking about how she forgot her ID and wasn’t allowed inside the White House. “And so Portia and I are walking with the person that’s handling us, I had a handler, and we’re like midway, almost there and she just turns to me and she goes, “You have your ID, right?” And I was like, ‘No. No I don’t have my ID.’ She’s like, ‘No you…’ and she thought I was kidding. I was like, ‘Why would I need… I’m getting the Medal Medal of Freedom. I didn’t think I needed…’ So, anyway, she’s like, ‘We know who you are we just can’t let you in without ID.’ So I’m sitting on a bench, out in the middle of, by the White House trying to figure out how I was gonna get in. And it was freezing by the way because I thought I was just going from the car into the White House, so I didn’t bring a jacket – it was like 60 degrees you guys. And all the honorees are passing me. Bruce Springsteen and Patty are passing me and they’re like, ‘How do you not bring ID to the White House?’ And I was like, ‘This is my ID, Bruce. This is my ID,’” Ellen said.
“The ceremony was incredible. If you haven’t seen what President Obama said go to our website, it was beautiful. I don’t even know how to express in words how honored I felt getting that from the President of the United States who I love so very much,” Ellen added.
Watch the whole monologue below, where she also touches on getting inside, doing the Mannequin Challenge with the honorees, and more!