Their relationship has been called on the greatest modern day “bromances” but the respect that US President Barack Obama has for his Vice President Joe Biden is evident now more than ever.
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The friendship on top of the great working relationship that the men have shared for the past eight years has been something of an internet sensation. Today’s event made sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the house of the fans of the men as President Obama surprised Biden with the highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
President Obama said the honour went o Biden because of his “faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and a lifetime of service that will endure through the generations”. Of his character, President Obama said, “To know Joe Biden is to know love without pretence, service without self-regard and to live life fully”.
Mr Biden was surprised by the event saying that he had “no inkling”. Being an incredibly humble person, Mr Biden stated that he believes he gets “a lot of credit I don’t deserve.” He also added in his acceptance speech, “I just hope that the asterisk in history that is attached to my name when they talk about this presidency is that I can say I was part of the journey of a remarkable man who did remarkable things for this country”.
With a tear in his eye, he accepted the medal from the President and the people of the United States. Mr Biden and President Obama are set to leave the White House on January 20th as President-elect Donald Trump takes office. However, President Obama hinted at Mr Biden’s possible run for the job in 2020 saying that Biden is “nowhere close to finished” with his political career.
What do you think of the tribute to Joe Biden? Will Biden and Obama go down in history as two of the greatest leaders of our time?