President Barack Obama on Thursday awarded his outgoing Vice President Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honor, in a surprise ceremony at the White House. Obama, praising him as an “extraordinary man with an extraordinary career in public service.”
During a speech paying tribute to the vice president, Obama announced he would award the final medal of his presidency to the vice president. That elicited audible gasps from the crowd and caused an emotional, tearful Biden to turn away.
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Obama and Biden’s close personal relationship has been well documented, even becoming an internet meme. Obama alluded to that when he called their relationship a “bromance” during the ceremony.