Today, President Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vice President Joseph Biden. It was a complete surprise to Biden, who thought that he was going to a gathering of senior staff to toast and remember their incredible journey.
Can you imagine the freakin’ President of the United States SURPRISING you with the nation’s highest civilian honor?! I would’ve been a complete hot mess. Oh, and then you want me to give a speech after you surprise me with something like that?! Naw, buddy. All you would’ve gotten out of me was a snotty, “Uh…Thank you, Mr. President.”
But I digress.
What was most notable to me was the dueling love letters between Obama and Biden. Obama started out giving us a run down of all Biden’s accomplishments as a public servant and seamlessly transitioned into Biden the family man, the friend, the person. The love and respect he has for Biden dripped from every word.
Check out how shocked and moved Biden was when he realized what was actually happening.
And then, without hardly missing a beat, Biden gives an impromptu love letter back to Obama. It’s cute to call it a bromance, but in a lot of ways is an insult to the depth of true, tested, unconditional love that the two seem to share for each other. We should all be so lucky to have a friendship like Barack and Joe.
If you’d like to see the whole ceremony, and you definitely should, you can check it out below.