Ellen DeGeneres Bids President Obama Farewell With Touching Video Tribute
"His courage and compassion created equality for everyone."
Ellen DeGeneres marked President Obama's last day in office with a touching video tribute shown on Thursday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
"Today is the last day that Barack Obama will be our president. I want to personally thank him for changing my life," DeGeneres said. "I am a legally married woman because of him and so is my wife. His courage and compassion created equality for everyone. He moved us forward and made more happen in the past eight years than I ever dreamed possible."
Thanking Barack and Michelle Obama for their time in office and continuous support of LGBTQ rights, the host shared a video of all of the president and first lady's appearances on the Ellen show over the years. Everything from Michelle Obama's pushup competition with DeGeneres to footage of the host tearfully receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama was shown.
DeGeneres' tribute comes just one day after Obama gave the host a shout-out during his final press conference as president on Wednesday. While discussing the advancement of LGBTQ rights over the past eight years, Obama credited DeGeneres with helping change the country's perception of the gay community.
"When I gave Ellen the Presidential Medal of Freedom, I meant what I said. Somebody that kind and likable projecting into living rooms around the country, that changed attitudes," he said. "And that wasn't easy to do for her, and that's just one small example of what was happening in communities all across the country."
Watch DeGeneres' tribute to the Obamas below.