Actress Ellen Page took to Twitter on Tuesday with a special message for the 58-year-old comedian after DeGeneres received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama.
“Thank you @TheEllenShow for everything you have done,” the 29-year-old wrote, including a rainbow and two heart emojis.
“It was a combination of just such thrill to finally be at that place in my life where I was able to [come out], and grateful to have that moment – and grateful to you because you did it at a time where it was much harder and much scarier,” Page said.
DeGeneres became teary-eyed as Obama placed the medal around her neck on Tuesday. She stood alongside the president as a White House aide described her achievements.
“At a pivotal moment, her courage and candor helped change the minds of millions of Americans, accelerating our nation’s constant drive toward equality and acceptance for all,” the aide said.
She quipped on Twitter about forgetting her ID, writing, “They haven’t let me in to the White House yet because I forgot my ID.”
“.@POTUS Barack Obama just awarded me the #MedalofFreedom,” she wrote alongside the photo. “I hope it serves as an ID. I have no idea how I’m getting home.”