As if you needed another reason to love these two: In a terribly sweet moment, President Barack Obama presented Vice President Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, captured in a video by CNN today.
The award is the highest honor bestowed among civilians in the nation.
"Joe — for your faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country, and for your lifetime of service that will endure through the generations," Obama begins, "I'd like to ask the military to join us onstage."
"For the final time as president, I am pleased to award our nation's highest civilian honor," he says.
At this point, Biden turns his back in disbelief, presumably overwhelmed by the award.
"The Presidential Medal of Freedom," Obama continues.
Biden shakes his head and looks up at the ceiling, visibly emotional and blinking back tears. At one point, he gets out a tissue and wipes his eyes.
"And for the first and only time in my presidency, I will bestow this medal with an additional level of veneration," Obama says, "an honor my three most recent successors reserved for only three others: Pope John Paul II, President Ronald Reagan, and General Colin Powell. Ladies and gentleman, I am proud to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction to my brother, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr."
Thank you for your service, Vice President Biden.
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