Ellen DeGeneres Forgot Her ID, So She Had To Wait Outside The White House Until Someone Let Her In

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

Ellen DeGeneres was briefly prevented from entering the White House Tuesday after failing to bring proper identification.

The 58-year-old comedian and talk show host was part of a group of actors, athletes, singers and other performers who were awarded attending the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award a civilian can receive for their contributions to the United States. (RELATED: Ellen DeGeneres Sued Over ‘Titty’ Joke)

Medal Of Freedom (photo: Instagram Screenshot)

Medal Of Freedom
(photo: Instagram Screenshot)

After waiting for about an hour to get in, she decided to share a photo of herself sitting outside the White House.

“They haven’t let me into the White House yet because I forgot my ID,” DeGeneres tweeted alongside the photo. “Not joking.” (RELATED: Kanye West Just Silenced Ellen DeGeneres When He Went On A Seven-Minute Rant)


She was eventually let in and even got teary-eyed during the ceremony when President Barack Obama gave her the medal.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor for civilians in the United States of America. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 22: Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres wipes away tears as her citation is read before being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to 19 living and two posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

After the ceremony she tweeted that she hoped the award would serve as her ID because she had no idea how she was going to get home.

[email protected] Barack Obama just awarded me the #MedalofFreedom,” the comedian wrote. “I hope it serves as an ID. I have no idea how I’m getting home.”

Other notable personalities who were recognized at the ceremony included Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Diana Ross and Michael Jordan.

Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter


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