President Barack Obama on Thursday held a ceremony at the White House in which he surprised Vice President Joe Biden, 74, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a reward and statement that completely took the VP by complete shock.
Biden had anticipated that the ceremony would be something of a rather intimate context involving Obama’s family as well, but instead had received the award and was then told by Obama that he served as his “first and best” selection for serving as his own VP throughout his term.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom serves as the highest award any citizen in the United States can receive, and according to Biden, he stated that he absolutely had “no inkling” that such an award or ceremony would even take place.
A Surprise to the Heart
Biden states that he doesn’t think he deserves such a worthy and highly stature of an award, but was sure that President Obama genuinely from the bottom of his heart felt he deserved to earn such a gift.
Last Tuesday Obama had offered to pay a tribute to Biden with a farewell speech that had taken place in Chicago, as he claimed that the former legislator deserved far more recognition for the duties he has carried out for his country.
Obama then made a joke afterward in which he said “this also gives the Internet one last chance to talk about our bromance.”
Rough Road to Family
Obama in his surprise ceremony referred to his relationship with Biden at the beginning of his term, saying they had been through some tough times, but regards him now as not only best friends, but as family.