Obama Surprised Biden With A Presidential Medal Of Freedom

What an amazing American story.

After eight years of whirlwind bromance, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are set to part ways. On Thursday, at a surprise White House event paying tribute to the veep, President Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom with honors, moving him to tears.

"Joe, for your faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country, and for your lifetime of service that will endure through the generations... For the final time as president, I am pleased to award the nation's highest civilian honor: the Presidential Medal of Freedom," Obama said, adding that he is awarding the medal with distinction, an honor his three predecessors have only bestowed on three other people, and a first in his presidency.


Obama called Biden "the best vice president America's ever had" and thanked him for his work in the administration, his counsel, and their friendship — as well as its sway on the internet he alluded to at the start of his speech.

When Biden took the podium, he said that he had "no inkling" about the event whatsoever, having believed that it was a gathering with the Obamas and a few staff for a final toast. But he gave an impassioned, emotional speech about his love for his family and the Obamas.

"I've never known a president...who've had the integrity and decency, and the sense of other people's needs like you do," he said. "Mr. President, there's not one single solitary ounce of entitlement in you — or Michelle, or your beautiful daughters."

 Biden called the Presidential Medal of Freedom an honor "well beyond what I deserve," capping off his speech by telling Obama that he was a part of the Biden family. 

"Mr. President, I'm indebted to you, I'm indebted to your friendship," Biden said. "As long as there's breath in me, I'll be there for you." 

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