WASHINGTON – At the dawn, both in their political careers, surrounded by the tears of friends and family, the President Barack Obama on Thursday awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Joe Biden, the man he described as “the best Vice President that we have ever seen.”
The Vice President shrugged shocked when Obama announced he was awarding the nation’s highest civilian honor, on his right-hand man for eight years Biden turned away from the cameras, wiping some of the tears, then stood stoically as Obama, the blue-and-white ribbon draped around his neck.
“I just hope that the star in the story of the said in my name when you talk about this presidency that I can say I was part of the journey of a remarkable man who did things for this country note,” Biden.
It gave a standing ovation — several of them — on what has been charged, as a modest graduation ceremony for Biden, but has developed to be a surprise, the awarding of the Medal of Freedom, the last time Obama will present the honor.
“I had no idea,” Biden said, the price and insisted that he didn’t deserve it.
It was the only time that has presented Obama, the medal “with distinction” is awarded only once from each of the previous three presidents.
A week by the Obama administration at the end of a deep sense of nostalgia set in at the White house as a long-time staff, your offices have to pack, send have served your last E-Mails and say goodbye to the President. On Tuesday, Obama returned home to Chicago to deliver his valedictory address, and the next week, he to Washington, as the ex will be sworn in-President shortly after President-elect Donald Trump.
Obama spoke on Thursday of his wife and daughters, was effusive in his praise for the man who ran against him in 2008, then agreed to be his running mate. He said Biden had made him a better President, called him “a lion of American history.”
“You know, Joe Biden is to know, love without hypocrisy, service without self-respect and a life full of,” Obama said.
The famous open-Biden has long said he only agreed to the job after Obama agreed, he would be the last person in the room, before important decisions were taken. Over two terms, they developed a bond that the said two men, transcends the office, with their wives, children and s Biden ‘ grandchildren always close friends.
They disagreed, too, on occasion, even if Biden argued against the high-stakes raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Biden’s tendency to veer off-script caused occasional headaches for the White house, as when he announced, unexpectedly, the support for gay marriage in the run-up to the 2012 re-election, forcing Obama to do the same soon.
But as for a final farewell, no one seemed to be on both the spirit of the people.
Obama said there had been “no turf wars between our people,” a departure from other past administrations. And Biden told the story of how you Biden after his son, Beau, died in the year 2015, leaving behind a wife and children, Obama was dismayed, as Biden said, he could sell his house to help, to support you, and instead offered to give them money.
It is a reunion for the many employees and colleagues, together with Biden over the years. Candidate Biden, the wife, sister and children in the State Dining Room were former Sens. Chris Dodd, and Ted Kaufman, former chief of staff, Bruce Reed, and Biden in the White house doctor.
Obama followed the story of Biden, almost a half-century long political career, from the presidency of the Senate, the judiciary and Foreign relations ” committees “cancer moonshot” effort, which he started recently and plans to continue. Obama praised his Vice President for his work on the economic stimulus, middle-class problems and measures to combat violence against women.
“I have not mentioned, Amtrak, or plane. ‘Literally,'” said Obama, called on a few of the famous “Bidenisms.”
Biden began his career in Washington, in 1972, is penetrated, which died in a tragedy, as his wife and small daughter in a car accident shortly before he was sworn in as a U.S. senator. After leaving the national stage in the next week, he plans to remain active in Democratic politics and working on political issues in a few institutions, he has the development at the University of Delaware and University of Pennsylvania.
His folksy attitude of a lot of jokes and cartoons was how the series of photos of Biden eating ice cream, exploded in the social media. But Obama seemed to be with the removal of the internet meme based on photos of him and Biden buddying it.
“This is also the internet to talk a chance, about our bromance,” the President said.