President Barack Obama paid tribute to Joe Biden in a surprise ceremony at the White House on Thursday, where he awarded the vice president the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
"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", Obama said in the ceremony.
Speaking ahead of Biden, Obama said the tribute would give the internet one last chance to joke about the "bromance" the two share. "And honor my three most recent successors reserved for only three others". A teary-eyed Biden accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a ceremony at the White House dedicated to honoring the outgoing vice president.
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Biden, who was shocked by the entire gathering, said he had no "inkling" it was going to happen.
The president also reflected on his decision to choose Biden as his vice president, saying, "There has not been a single time that I've doubted the wisdom of that decision. this is an extraordinary man". "I thought we were coming over, Michelle, for you Jill, Barack and I and a couple senior staff to toast one another and say what an incredible journey it's been."―took some time to thank his family―and the Obamas for supporting him in his eight years in office. "I don't deserve this but I know it came from the President's heart". "Not just because you have been a great vice president, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother".
"It's an awesome thing that happened", he continued. I knew how honorable you were. I am indebted to your friendship. "I am indebted you and your family", he added.