Last year the internet fell in love with the bromance between Barack Obama and his VP Joe Biden, the memes a perfect summation of how close the two have grown during the past eight years.
Treat yourself HERE and HERE, some of them are solid gold.
Now, as Barack enters the final week of his presidency, he decided to spring a little surprise on Joe. Somehow he managed to keep it a secret that he was bestowing upon his VP the country’s highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
He’s in pretty esteemed company too, with this below from QZ:
The version of the medal that Biden received was one “with distinction,” an honor [sic] awarded to only three people by Obama’s three predecessors: Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and Colin Powell, Obama said.
First up, the moment Joe found out he would be receiving the medal:
And then the speech he delivered:
If you didn’t make it through all of that here’s a little excerpt of the man love:
This honor is not only way beyond what I deserve but its a reflection of the extent and generosity of your spirit. I don’t deserve this, but I know it came from the president’s heart…
It’s an amazing thing that happened. I knew how smart you were, I knew how honorable you were how decent you were… and I knew what you were capable of but I never fully fully expected you would occupy the Bidens’ heart… all of us.