Watch Ellen, Tom Hanks, And More Do The Mannequin Challenge At The White House

The Medal of Freedom recipients had a little fun.

On Tuesday, President Obama awarded 21 people from various fields with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It's the highest civilian honor in the United States, "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."

But being honored by the president at the White House doesn't mean you can't have a bit of fun while you're there. For this year's honorees, that fun came in the form of the latest social media craze — the Mannequin Challenge. Tracee Ellis Ross, whose mother Diana Ross was one of Tuesday's honorees, posted the results on Instagram. 


Both mother and daughter appear in the video, as well as other recipients such as Robert De Niro, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Hanks, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Gates, Vin Scully, and Michael Jordan. DeGeneres and Hanks' wives Portia de Rossi and Rita Wilson also make appearances, supporting their spouses while striking a pose.

Earlier in the day, DeGeneres posted on Twitter that she was having trouble getting into the White House because she forgot her ID.

It's a good thing they finally let her in, because not only was she incredibly deserving of her medal, but can you imagine the Mannequin Challenge without Ellen? Yeah, neither can we.

(H/T: Entertainment Weekly)

Check out more action from the event:

And watch Ellen get emotional while receiving her medal from President Obama during the ceremony:


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