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Why Ellen DeGeneres Had Trouble Getting Into the White House

Nov 22, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Ellen DeGeneres was supposed to show up at the White House on Tuesday to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, but the daytime TV icon had a little trouble getting in.

The AP reports that DeGeneres, who was one of 21 people scheduled to be honored Tuesday with the country’s highest civilian award, forgot to bring her ID and the Secret Service wouldn’t budge. The talk host wound up tweeting about the situation while waiting on a nearby park bench before the ceremony.

“They haven’t let me in to the White House yet because I forgot my ID. ‪#NotJoking‪#PresidentialMedalOfFreedom,” DeGeneres tweeted, along with a photo that you can see below.

She did eventually make it to the ceremony on time, and was honored along with celebrities including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tom Hanks, Michael Jordan, Robert De Niro, Bill and Melinda Gates, Robert Redford, Lorne Michaels, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Vin Scully and Cicely Tyson.

112216-ellen-degeneres-near-white-house-twitterEllen DeGeneres’ Twitter photo


  1. Don’t know but must be a liberal or he wouldn’t be on the list!

  2. But I suppose we would have allowed her to vote just about anywhere in the United States right? How in the heck do you “forget” to bring your I.D. when you’re invited to the White House???

  3. Cmon Ellen…you’re smarter than that. Or was it a publicity stunt??

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