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To commemorate President Obama’s last day in office, Ellen took a look back at some of her favorite moments with President Obama and the First Lady while honouring the 44th President of the United States.


Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has paid tribute to outgoing US President Barack Obama for legalising same-sex marriage during his tenure.

In an episode of The Ellen Show, DeGeneres congratulated Mr Obama for his “courage and compassion”.

“This is the last day that Barack Obama will be our president. I want to thank him for changing my life,” the comedian, 58, said during her daytime talk show. “I am a legally married woman because of him and so is my wife [Portia de Rossi]. 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. I love him, I love Michelle.”

DeGeneres goes on to mark the occasion with a highlights reel featuring Mr Obama and first lady Michelle Obama’s various appearances on her show over the years.

DeGeneres’ tribute comes a day before Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States.

Last year in November Mr Obama presented DeGeneres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour that can be granted in the US.

“Ellen counters what too often divides us with the countless things that bind us together, inspires us to be better, one joke, one dance at a time,” an emotional Mr Obama said at the time.

Watch the awesome highlights reel below:

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