Lessons From Ellen Degeneres

“Here’s the thing. I’m friends with George Bush,” Ellen Degeneres said. “In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have.”

Social media erupted over the weekend and into Monday as Twitter warriors took a stance as Ellen Degeneres, President George W. Bush and their significant others were spotted sharing a suite at the Cowboys Packers game Sunday evening. 

“They thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?” Degeneres joked. 

However, the TV show host is here to give insight to those who may not agree with her. 

“We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different… but just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them,” she said in her monologue. 

Ellen and her wife, Portia de Rossi, were invited to the game by Charlotte Jones, daughter of Jerry Jones, who owns the Cowboys team. 

“When we were invited, I was aware that I was going to be surrounded with people from very different views and beliefs. And I’m not talking about politics… I was rooting for the Packers,” joked Degeneres. 

Jokes aside, some tweets were spewed from pure hatred, while others said they the scene “restored their faith in humanity.” 

“President and Mrs. Bush really enjoyed being with Ellen and Portia, and they appreciated Ellen’s comments about respecting one another. They respect her,” Freddy Ford, Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, said in a statement.

As we approach election discussions is upcoming courses, as your not-so-favorite table sets up in Cougar Mall, Ellen is here to remind us that we’re all different, and that’s okay. 

Happy election year, Cougs. 

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Cheyenne Abrams is the Editor-in-Chief of CisternYard News. She is a low-country native who has had her share of living around the United States. In her fourth year at CofC she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communications with a focus on journalism and public relations. In her free time Cheyenne likes to hangout with her four dogs and play board games with her friends.

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