"Again and again, Ellen DeGeneres has shown us that a single individual can make the world a more fun, more open, more loving place."

With those words from a White House aide, President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to DeGeneres, stand-up comedian, television star, and trailblazer for LGBTQ rights.

Both Obama and DeGeneres shed tears as the aide read words of praise for DeGeneres' long career, enormous heart, and drive to make the world a better place for all people.

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