Joe Biden broke down in tears on Thursday as Barrack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a surprise farewell ceremony.
Obama prefaced the presentation with a speech honoring Biden’s service and character.
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After gathering reporters and each of their families, Obama launched into his speech lightheartedly, telling the room: ‘I just wanted to get some folks together to pay tribute to somebody who’s not only been by my side for the duration of this entire journey but somebody who has devoted his entire professional life to service to this country, the best Vice President America has ever had, Mr Joe Biden.’
‘This also gives the internet one last chance to talk about our bromance.’
The President went on to pay tribute to him as an ‘extraordinary man’ with an ‘extraordinary career’ in public service.
After a glowing speech, which reduced Biden to tears, he surprised him with the medal.
“To know Joe Biden is to know that love without pretense, service without self-regard, and to live life fully,” the POTUS said. “I’m proud to award the presidential medal of distinction to my brother.”
Biden then took the podium to thank the commander in chief: “I don’t deserve this. But I know it came from the president’s heart.”
“Mr. President, I’m indebted to you. I’m indebted to your friendship. I’m indebted to your family,” he added. “You know as long as there is breath in me, I’ll be there for you, my family will be there. I know it is reciprocal