President Obama awarded Vice President Biden with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Thursday.
The event began with a heartfelt tribute to President Obama. Then President Obama asked one of his military aides to come to the stage.
“For the final time as President, I am pleased to award our nation’s highest civilian honor . . .” Obama said.
“I had no inkling. I thought we were going . . . to toast one another and say what an incredible journey it has been,” Biden said after receiving the medal.
Biden praised Obama for serving the country with dignity and stated that he was not worthy of the honor.
“I don’t deserve this,” Biden said.
Obama described Vice President Biden as a “lion of American history” and praised his service in the Senate.
Obama and Biden went on discussing their friendship over the years. The two even recounted a time when Obama offered to help Biden with bills when Biden’s son was battling cancer.
“I’ll give you the money,” Biden remembers Obama telling him.
“This honor is not only well beyond what I deserve, but it is a reflection of the extent and generosity of your spirit. I don’t deserve this, but I know it came from the president’s heart,” Biden said turning to the president.