Just like Barack Obama chose to mention Ellen DeGeneres in his last press conference, now it’s Ellen’s turn to honor the former President’s legacy.
“Today is the last day that Barack Obama will be our president,” said the host, tearing up. “I want to personally thank him for changing my life. 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 last eight years than I ever dreamed possible.”
Afterwards, DeGeneres showed a montage of all of the President and First Lady Michelle Obama’s appearances on her show, which included plenty of dance moves, a push-up contest with Michelle, and DeGeneres stealing one of the family’s dogs, Bo.
Aside from the funny moments that unavoidably happened during the many visits the presidential couple made on Ellen’s show, the host also included some touching ones, like when a young girl who dreamed of being president received the official presidential seal from Barack and the day the president publicly endorsed same-sex marriage.
That day Ellen said: “What an amazing day for our country. President Obama just came out in support same-sex marriage. There have been moments in history when someone had the courage to stand up for what they believe in and that one action changes everything. And I hope that this is one of those times.”
Tony Goldwyn, who was a guest on the latest episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, also talked about his own experience with stepping down as a president.
“I don’t know exactly when I’m going to leave office. We pick up on election night and find out what happened and all sorts of madness ensues.” Goldwyn, who plays President Fitzgerald Grant, said. “I don’t know how long my ‘lame duck’ period’s going to last, but I am now a lame duck… I guess I’ll start a foundation or something. Doesn’t that sound entertaining?”
Wednesday night was also a big deal for Ellen who broke the record for most awards received by a single person ever, at People’s Choice Awards. The total number is a whooping 20.
“I love what I do. I love making people happy, and I love making people laugh, and have a good time,” she told ET. “And we have a great group of writers, and great producers, and we just work hard every single day to make it new and exciting.”