Ellen DeGeneres denied entrance to White House after forgetting ID

WASHINGTON — Comedian Ellen DeGeneres was in D.C. Tuesday to be presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but it seems she forgot to bring proper identification.

DeGeneres tweeted a photo of herself waiting outside the White House, saying, “They haven’t let me in to the White House yet because I forgot my ID. #NotJoking #PresidentialMedalOfFreedom.”

She, of course, eventually made it inside – in time to participate in a “mannequin challenge” that she also shared on Twitter.

Also on the list of those being presented with the nation’s highest civilian honor were Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robert De Niro, Bill and Melinda Gates, Tom Hanks and Lorne Michaels.

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor – it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better.  From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way,” said President Barack Obama.

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