United States President Barack Obama on Thursday awarded outgoing Vice President Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In an emotional ceremony, Obama awarded his White House partner the highest civilian award. He called the longtime Delaware senator as “the best vice president America’s ever had” and a “lion of American history”. Obama praised Biden’s works and gave him the unexpected news that he was giving him the vice president the nation’s highest civilians honor. The award has earlier been giving to President Ronal Reagan, Popoe John Paul II and Gen. Colin Powell.

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The Vice President who was shocked on hearing the news could not hold back his tears. Biden for a moment turned away from the camera and wiped his tears. Obama then conferred him with the blue-and-white ribbon around his neck.

People stood in applause as Biden was conferred with the award. It was the only time Obama presented the medal “with distinction”. Obama also said that Biden made him a better President and called him “a lion of American history.” Joe Biden and Obama have worked together over the past eight years. During the address he also said that “this also gives the internet one last chance to talk about our bromance.” ALSO READ- Barack Obama farewell speech: Twitterati thanks United States President for amazing 8 years!

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Biden accepted the honour in a tearful speech and thanked the President, his staff, his wife, Dr Jill Biden, and First Lady Michelle Obama. Biden has served public office for almost half a century, which included his term as Senate and two terms as Vice President. Biden also thanked Obama for giving him a much more powerful vice presidency and letting him serve as a top advisor in the White House.

Obama has in the past multiple time said that Biden, his primary rival, as his running mate in 2008 was one of the best decisions he ever made. Biden has spent more than three decades in the Senate before accepting the nomination.