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.

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