Ellen DeGeneres forgets ID, is delayed getting into White House

Ellen DeGeneres
FILE - In this March 21, 2015, file photo, Ellen DeGeneres arrives at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. DeGeneres is receiving a humanitarian award, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is reaping the benefits. Producers of the People’s Choice Awards announced Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, that DeGeneres will be recognized as the Favorite Humanitarian at the Wednesday, Jan. 6, ceremony. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Who says Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees have to bring an ID to get into the White House?

Apparently, the Secret Service does, as comedian Ellen DeGeneres experienced a delay in getting into a ceremony in which she and 20 others were honored with the nation’s highest civilian award.

DeGeneres, sitting on a park bench before the ceremony, tweeted, “They haven’t let me into the White House yet because I forgot my ID.” She added, “(hashtag)NotJoking.”

Not to worry: DeGeneres made it in time.

President Barack Obama said in honoring her that she has a way of making people laugh at something rather than someone, “except when I danced on her show.” Obama also praised her courage in coming out as gay nearly two decades ago.

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