President Barack Obama took a moment to thank talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres for “changing hearts and minds” to advance marriage equality during his stop at “Ellen” on Thursday.
“I said it to my staff, I said, as much as we’ve done with laws and ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, etc., changing hearts and minds, I don’t think anybody’s been more influential than you on that,” Obama told DeGeneres in touching exchange.
“Your courage, and you’re just really likable,” Obama added.
“You being willing to claim who you were suddenly empowers other people. Then suddenly it’s your brother, you uncle, your best friend, your co-workers. Then, attitudes shift and the laws followed,” he said. “But it started with folks like you. I’m so proud of you.”
Watch the interview below: