Ellen DeGeneres went to the White House Tuesday because she was among 21 actors, musicians, athletes and others selected to receive the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Unfortunately, the comedian forgot her photo ID.
DeGeneres posted a photo of herself wearing a red pantsuit and sitting on a bench outside the White House, waiting to see if she could still get in.
Some of the other Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients included celebrities such as Diana Ross, Kareem Adul-Jabbar, Robert DeNiro, Tom Hanks, Robert Redford and Bruce Springsteen.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is "presented 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 the White House.
Thankfully, DeGeneres was able to confirm her identity and later tweeted a video of her and the other honorees doing Mannequin Challenge inside the White House.
The following was read as she received her medal: "In a career spanning three decades, Ellen DeGeneres has lifted our spirits and brought joy to our lives as a standup comic, actor and television star. In every role, she reminds us to be kind to one another and to treat people as each of us wants to be treated."
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