Ellen DeGeneres Went to the White House to Receive a Medal but Forgot Her ID

She eventually got into receive her Presidential Medal of Freedom.

November 22, 2016, 1:22 PM

— -- This kind of thing would happen to Ellen DeGeneres.

The funny lady just posted a picture of herself outside the White House, and it appears she forgot something important.

"They haven't let me in to the White House yet because I forgot my ID. #NotJoking #PresidentialMedalOfFreedom" she wrote on Twitter.

In the pic, DeGeneres is wearing a dapper red suit, waiting on an outdoor bench to get in so she can receive her honor.

The list of Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees — including scientists, writers, artists and other longtime leaders in their fields, as well as other celebrities like Diana Ross, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robert DeNiro, Tom Hanks, Robert Redford and Bruce Springsteen — was released earlier this month. All of them will receive their medals later today.

The award, the highest honor for a civilian, is for "individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors," according to the White House.

Fortunately, DeGeneres was able to get her identity confirmed. But she didn't seem to move; the comedian posted a video of the honorees doing the mannequin challenge inside the White House.

The ceremony was streamed on Tuesday late afternoon and Obama beamed about DeGeneres while honoring her with the award.

"It's easy to forget now, when we've come so far, now that marriage is equal under the law," Obama said. "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."

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