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Obama surprises 'brother' Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Obama surprises 'brother' Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

After two presidential campaigns together, countless one-on-one meetings and the forging of a bromance that inspired countless Internet memes, President Obama had an honor in store Thursday for Vice President Joe Biden: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“This is an extraordinary man with an extraordinary career in public service,” Obama said in a glowing tribute during a surprise ceremony in the White House’s State Dining Room.

Obama awarded Biden the nation’s highest civilian honor with distinction, an added level of veneration offered for the first time by Obama and only once by each of the last three presidents, to Pope John...

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