Aww! This made us tear up too!

On Tuesday, funny lady Ellen DeGeneres got emotional when she and 20 other recipients were honored with the nation's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C.

There wasn't a dry eye in the (White) house! The medal was presented to her by President Barack Obama -- and the two seemed to have a ball!

During the event, the White House aide said, "In a career spanning three decades, Ellen DeGeneres has lifted our spirits and brought joy to our lives as a stand-up comic, actor and television star."

The aide went on, "At a pivotal moment, her courage and candor helped change the hearts and minds of millions of Americans, accelerating our nation's constant drive toward equality and acceptance for all. Ellen DeGeneres has showed us that a single individual can make the world a more fun, more open, more loving place, so long as we just keep swimming."

Aww! We love that Ellen got honored -- and we love that her wife Portia De Rossi was at her side! The talk-show host tweeted a pic of the happy couple with the caption, "Barack Obama just awarded me the #MedalofFreedom. I hope it serves as an ID. I have no idea how I'm getting home."

Our hearts are melting!

Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jordan, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks and Diana Ross were some of the other celebs awarded for their contributions to the world.