Obama Surprises Biden With Presidential Medal Of Freedom

President Obama honored Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday with a heartfelt send-off ceremony, which concluded with Obama surprising Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Obama awarded Biden the medal “with distinction,” a degree of recognition Obama noted has only been bestowed upon three individuals over the last three presidencies: Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Biden accepted the honor with tears in his eyes, and said he “had no idea” it was coming; the Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian award. The event had been billed as a farewell for Biden, and Obama kicked it off by joking this would give “the internet one last chance to talk about our bromance.”