13 January 2017
Outgoing U.S. President, Barack Obama on Thursday awarded his Vice President of eight years, Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, with distinction, at a surprise send-off party.
Biden who arrived at the event with his wife, Jill thinking he was attending a toast to senior staff, later discovered that the event was actually being held in his honour.
Speaking at the event, Obama praised Biden’s many achievements, describing him as ‘the best Vice President America’s ever had’ and a ‘lion of American history.’
Like that wasn’t enough surprise for one night, Obama who referred to Biden as a ‘brother’, surprised his VP and the audience when he announced that he would be awarding Joe the Presidential Medal of Freedom, with distinction.
“For your faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and for your lifetime of service that will endure through the generations, I’d like to ask the military aide to join us on stage” announced Obama.
“For my final time as President, I am pleased to award our nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”
Joe Biden becomes the fourth person ever to receive this prestigious award with his predecessors including President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II and Gen. Colin Powell.