Our favorite president and vice president ratcheted up their "bromance" even more today (January 12) as Barack surprisingly presented Joe with the nation’s highest honor a president can bestow upon a civilian.
“To know Joe Biden is to know that love without pretense, service without self-regard, and to live life fully,” the POTUS said while fighting back the tears. “I’m proud to award the presidential medal of distinction to my brother.”
Biden then turned around in disbelief before walking back to next to the president’s side. Prior to Obama placing the medal around his vice president’s neck, he spoke highly of his service, character, and legendary off-the-cuff remarks.
Biden remained teary eyed during the remainder of President Obama’s White House address. It was then his turn to take the podium, which he did with grace and appreciation for his commander in chief.
“I don’t deserve this. But I know it came from the president’s heart,” he said while looking at Obama. “Mr. President, I’m indebted to you. I’m indebted to your friendship. I’m indebted to your family. You know as long as there is breath in me, I’ll be there for you, my family will be there. I know it is reciprocal.”
Social media also let the waterworks fly. Some were crying in reaction to what transpired while others were more proud and happy for Barack Obama’s kindness. The president mentioned that the award presentation “gives the internet one last chance to talk about our bromance.”
Indeed, Mr. President. Indeed.
Check out some of the best social media reaction as well as original video of the presidential medal of distinction presentation below.
Didn't cry on Tuesday. Crying now. https://t.co/Pkv5K7fADN— Jason Goldman (@Goldman44) January 12, 2017
Biden openly crying. A very sweet moment. https://t.co/GoqWAOuzyd— Paige Lavender (@paigelav) January 12, 2017
We are all Joe Biden crying into the mantelpiece 😢 https://t.co/7wMwO8QUks— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) January 12, 2017
@CNN Biden and Obama are a class act. It will be a long time before we get another team with such class.— Phil Ross (@philross007) January 12, 2017
Obama and Biden are very Frodo and Sam.— Rainbow Rowell (@rainbowrowell) January 12, 2017
You want to know what real strength, courage, love and patriotism is? Watch President Obama and VicePresident Biden today. Lesson to see.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) January 12, 2017
healthy eating is now out the door for the next week as I get overly emotional about everything Obama and Biden— Amy (@amywhoisawesome) January 13, 2017
BREAKING NEWS! Trump is PISSED that he & Pence don't have that Obama and Biden kind of love.— harleyb (@harleyb11) January 13, 2017
Obama and Biden have the most pure, adorable friendship ❤😭— Lora the Explorer (@pricelora39) January 13, 2017
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