President Obama awarded Joe Biden- The outgoing Vice President with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday in an event at White House.
Obama Gave his White House partner a surprise award in a very emotional ceremony. He called the former longtime Delaware Senator – the best vice president the country ever had and referred to him as the “Lion of American History”.
Obama Surprises Joe Biden With Presidential Medal of Freedom:
To know Joe Biden is to know love without pretense, service without self-regard, and to live life fully,
Biden said after the medal was draped to his neck:
I had no inkling,” “I thought we were going . . . to toast one another and say what an incredible journey it has been.
He repeatedly said,“I don’t deserve this.”
Biden was seen into tears and was completely caught off guard by the award. Biden praised the president as “Remarkable man who did remarkable things for the country.”
Biden said Obama:
This honor is not only well beyond what I deserve, but it’s a reflection of the generosity of your spirit”.”I don’t deserve this. But I know it came from the president’s heart.
As we all know that in 2015, Biden’s eldest son- Beau, died from Brain Cancer, where Obama was seen delivering the eulogy at the funeral. Whereas shortly after he was first selected to Senate his first wife and daughter were killed in a car crash in 1972.
Obama mentioned in a statement:
When Joe talks about hope and opportunity for our children, we hear the father who rode the rails home there every night so he could be there to tuck his kids into bed.” “When Joe talks to Gold Star families who have lost a hero, we hear a kindred spirit, another father of an American veteran, somebody whose faith has been tested and has been forced to wander through the darkness himself and who knows who to lean on to find the light.
Biden recalled Obama telling him:
I’ll give you the money,” “Promise me. Promise me you won’t sell that house.
He added,“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.”