Vice President Joe Biden wept after President Obama surprised him with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, at a ceremony at the White House today.
Having called Mr. Biden and his wife, Jill, to the White House for a private farewell, the president instead brought him into a room filled with his friends, family and colleagues to present him with the honor, the nation’s highest.
“To know Joe Biden is to know love without pretense, service without self-regard, and to live life fully,” Mr. Obama said during the televised ceremony, as Mr. Biden wiped tears from his eyes and dabbed at his nose with a handkerchief.
Watch the wonderful moment:
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