Medal of Freedom recipients pose for Mannequin Challenge

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - They’re known for singing, making people laugh, and shooting hoops, but Tuesday, 21 of America’s most talented residents took a moment to do nothing — all in the name of the Mannequin Challenge.

The daughter of Diana Ross got all of this year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients to freeze during a reception at the White House. Her mom was one of the honorees.

In the Instagram video, Rita Wilson is seen cracking up while her husband, Tom Hanks, is enjoying a good chat with Ellen DeGeneres and Bruce Springsteen. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar seems to be having a deep conversation with Bill Gates, while Diana Ross looks poised just a few steps away from Michael Jordan.

If you blink, you’ll miss the one celebrity who didn’t quite master the #MannequinChallenge. At the beginning of the video, Robert De Niro blinks just before the camera pans away.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor. This year 21 Americans received the award.


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