President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the greatest civilian honor in the land, to 21 exceptional individuals on Tuesday. An opportunity to invite cool people he wants to hang out with over to his house, Obama present the cool necklace to creative powerhouses including Ellen DeGeneres, Lorne Michaels, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, Diana Ross, and Cicely Tyson. He also honored sports legends Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates.
The ceremony was emotional all around.
Ellen had a particularly tough journey to the White House, having forgotten her ID.
But someone must have recognized her, because she made it in.
And once there, she and her fellow honorees did an epic, refined Mannequin Challenge, with classy piano music replacing "Black Beatles."
It's super blurry, but here are the mannequins to be found in the super group.
Robert DeNiro, looking flustered.
Rita Wilson, looking elated.
Tom Hanks and Ellen DeGeneres, looking psyched.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, looking tall, and Bill Gates, looking short.
Bruce Springsteen, looking Boss-y.
Lorne Michaels, looking (party time) excellent.
Diana Ross, looking supreme.
Frank Gehry, looking shocked.