Published: Вс, Января 15, 2017
Entertainment | By Alexander Flowers

Obama says farewell and awards Biden Medal of Freedom

Obama says farewell and awards Biden Medal of Freedom

The emotional ceremony brought heartfelt speeches from both Obama and Biden, praising each other for their service, their leadership, their accomplishments, and their friendship.

Obama said he's bestowing Biden, who appeared visibly stunned, with the nation's highest civilian honor for "faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and a lifetime of service that will endure through the generations".

NBC's Matt Lauer says he was reduced to tears when he watched President Obama surprise Vice President Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday.

The vice president said he doesn't deserve the honor, but knows "it came from the president's heart". In the past, Biden called his President "a brother to me, a best friend forever". During his address, Obama described his Vice President as "the finest vice-president we have ever seen" and a "lion of American history".

In 2009, Obama delivered the medal to Billie Jean King, a women's tennis star famous for winning the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match in 1973.

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Obama said this highest-level award was only given to three individuals by the three presidents that served before him.

Biden then opened up about the bond between him and the President. Whereas some vice presidents have had little involvement in their president's work, Biden would not take the job unless he was promised an open line of communication with Obama on every issue facing the White House. There has not been a single moment since that time that I have doubted the wisdom of that decision. "I really didn't [know]". "But I've also leaned on you and a lot of people in this room".

Obama gave his farewell speech as president on Tuesday in his hometown of Chicago.

But the honour and their lasting relationship may be just cold comforts set between the two men as things are due to change, change utterly when incoming president Donald Trump takes the reins of the USA next week.

Here's what might happen five minutes after Obama leaves office on Friday.

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