President Obama held a little farewell party for Vice President Biden today:
During the ceremony President Obama remarked on Biden’s extensive legacy and praised his life of public service and accomplishments, including his work with the Violence Against Women Act and getting the Affordable Care Act through Congress.
Then Obama surprised his VP/BFF with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and his reactions was priceless:
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor the country can bestow. President Obama threw in a little extra something for Joe, issuing the medal “With Distinction” for the first time in his presidency. Only a handful of other people have received the award with distinction, including Pop John Paul II, President Ronald Reagan, and General Colin Powell.
Needless to say, Vice President Biden got a little emotional:
“Mr. President, I’m indebted to you. I’m indebted to your friendship. I’m indebted to your family,” Biden said. “You know as long as there is breath in me, I’ll be there for you, my family will be there. I know it is reciprocal.”