2Ellen DeGeneres cries with excitement at receiving Obama medal Ellen DeGeneres is always smiling and making people laugh with her famous television show, but this Tuesday brought out her emotion, when she was decorated by President Barack Obama, and there she could not hold back the tears. After receiving along with 20 other artists, athletes and philanthropists the medal of Liberty, the highest award given by the US government to a civilian, the cheerleader wiped her tears.

“That was not only important for the LGBT community but for all of us to see someone full of kindness and light. Someone we like a lot, “Obama said about the driver, who narrowly missed the White House and forgot his ID.