Biden teared up during the presentation of the presidential medal of Freedom.
President Barack Obama presented to the Vice-President of the highest American award for civilians – the presidential medal of Freedom.
The ceremony, which was broadcast on the White house website, was held in Washington.
“Joe, for your faith in the fellow, for love of country and for long service, which will be remembered for generations for the last time as President to announce the awarding of the highest award, the medal of Freedom,” Obama said. At these words, Biden turned away, took out a handkerchief and began to wipe the tears away.
Obama called Biden “the best of possible Vice-presidents”, whose “modest and honest” has always helped the head of the White house.
The medal of Freedom is awarded to people who have made a significant contribution to the safety and protection of U.S. national interests in maintaining peace in the world, but also in the social and cultural life of the United States and the world.
Usually the ceremony takes place on independence Day USA, July 4.
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