Ellen DeGeneres Sheds the Final Tears of the Republic As Obama Awards Her the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Take it in, because this will soon be a fleeting memory. For the final time, President Obama awarded 21 civilians the Presidential Medal of Freedom, including the legendary Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, and Ellen DeGeneres. Even though the comedian and talk-show host knew she would be receiving the honor, that didn't stop DeGeneres from tearing up as she listened to the reasons why she was selected: "Again and again Ellen DeGeneres has shown us that a single individual can make the world a more fun, more open, and more loving place so long as we just keep swimming."