Obama Surprises Biden With Presidential Medal of Freedom

The president bestowed the nation's highest civilian honor to his "brother" Joe Biden and paid tribute to Biden's love, service and life.
2:43 | 01/13/17

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How about that moment so many are still talking about. President Obama surprising vice president Biden at what he thought was a special tribute event. The president had something else in mind. To know Joe Biden is to know love without pretense, service without self-regard and to live life fully. As one of his longtime colleagues in the senate who happened to be a Republican once said, if you can't admire Joe Biden as a person you've got a problem. He is as good a man as god ever created. I am pleased to award our nation's highest civilian honor, the presidential medal of freedom. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm proud to award the presidential medal of freedom of distinction to my brother, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. Mr. President, you have more than kept your commitment to me by saying that you wanted me to help govern. I can say I was part of the journey of a remarkable man who did remarkable things for this country. I don't deserve this. But I know it came from the president's heart. Mr. President, I'm indebted to your friendship. About six months in, the president looked at me and said, you know, Joe, you know what surprised me how we've become such good friends. I said, surprised you? But that is candid Obama. And it's real and, Mr. President, you know as long as there's breath in me I'll be there for you and my whole family and I know, I know it is reciprocal? They work so well together. And the president, of course, had a little fun with the bromance they call it and social media did as well. Take a look at this picture. This sums up their relationship. Best friends forever. Saw Joe Biden say he didn't deserve it. He certainly did deserve it, more than 40 years of public service, elected at the age of senate 29, never stopped. So much personal tragedy and still barreled through. When he talked about beau and he and his wife Jill Biden will be on siouxview later. Now back over to ginger.

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