WASHINGTON — President Obama awarded Vice President Biden with the presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday. During an honorable tribute to the Vice President, Obama surprised Biden with colorful remarks and even moved him to tears.
Watch the ceremony here.
Obama said in the ceremony:
“For your faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and for your lifetime of service that will endure through the generations, I’d like to ask the military aide to join us on stage. For my final time as President, I am pleased to award our nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”
Vice President Biden stated that he had no “inkling” that the ceremony would take place. He was under the influence that the event would be a toast to senior White House staff. Biden appeared to be quite emotional during the ceremony and even teared up during part of it.
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“To Joe Biden, the scrappy kid from Scranton who became Delaware’s favorite son: You were the first choice I made as a nominee, and the best,” Obama said in Chicago on Tuesday. “Not just because you have been a great vice president, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother.”