WATCH: Ellen’s White House ‘mannequin challenge’

WASHINGTON (NBC NEWS) — Before President Obama presented his final Medal of Freedom awards, the 21 recipients had a little fun.

They participated in a ‘mannequin challenge’ at the White House Ellen Degeneres, one of this year’s honorees, posted the video.

It includes Robert De Niro, Melinda Gates, Tom Hanks, Bill Gates, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Michael Jordan, and other honorees.

A gathering of true American luminaries, frozen in time for just a brief moment.

Honorees the president said had touched his life in very “powerful” ways. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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