Apparently the White House is a great place to do the Mannequin Challenge!
On Tuesday, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Tom Hanks visited the White House, along with numerous other Hollywood A-listers, where the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony was held.
And to commemorate the honorable occasion, the group participated in social media’s latest challenge! In the video, shared by DeGeneres and Tracee Ellis Ross, the group can all be spotted hamming it up while frozen in place.
“Look what I got everyone to do! I’m in the pink dress laughing with Rita! It’s the #MannequinChallenge, Presidential Medal of Freedom Edition at the @WhiteHouse!! Starring #RobertDeNiro, @RitaWilson, @TheEllenShow, @KareemAbdulJabbar_33, @TomHanks, #BillGates, #MichaelJordan, @FrankGehry, my mama #DianaRoss, and more!” Ross captioned her Instagram video.
Look what @RitaWilson #Ellen and I got everyone to do! I'm in the pink dress laughing with Rita! It’s the #MannequinChallenge, Presidential Medal of Freedom Edition at the @WhiteHouse!! Starring #RobertDeNiro, @RitaWilson, @TheEllenShow, @KareemAbdulJabbar_33, @TomHanks, #BillGates, #MichaelJordan, @FrankGehry, my mama #DianaRoss, and more!
But although a large majority of the United States might recognize the comedic talk show host, the White House is not a place where everybody knows Ellen DeGeneres‘ name.
The TV host was almost denied entry to the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday because she forgot her identification.
DeGeneres, one of the 21 recipients this year, wrote on Twitter: “They haven’t let me in to the White House yet because I forgot my ID. #NotJoking.”
In the accompanying image, the 58-year-old comic posed on a bench in her festive red suit, looking only moderately distressed.
Luckily, shortly after it appeared that DeGeneres gained admittance: “I’m in!” she wrote on the social media site. After receiving her award from President Obama, she again took to Twitter and quipped, “.@POTUS Barack Obama just awarded me the
#MedalofFreedom. I hope it serves as an ID. I have no idea how I’m getting home.”
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In his remarks, President Obama called this years’ medal recipients a “particularly impressive class,” and went on to praise each of the recipients individually for their contributions to arts, science, sports and philanthropy. He also said that the each of the recipients had touched him personally in “very powerful ways.”
The Medal of Freedom is awarded to individuals who have made “especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” according to an earlier press release from the White House.