“Uncle Joe” Biden Recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Bre Williams, Staff News Repackager

Judging only by the quality of the memes, Joe Biden may be the most beloved Vice President in recent memory.

Democrat Joseph Robinette Biden is the 47th Vice President of the United States, he has been for the past eight years. 

President Barack Obama awarded Vice President Joseph Biden “Joe” the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday January 12, 2017. The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award. Obama called Biden “The best Vice President America has ever had” and a “lion of American history.” After being awarded, Joe wiped away tears.

For those past eight years, the man known affectionately to the Internet as “Uncle Joe” has been a good friend to Obama and a close adviser as well.

At the podium Biden said “This honor is not only well beyond what I deserve, but it’s a reflection of the extent and generosity of your spirit.” He further said, “I don’t deserve this but I know it came from the president’s heart…there is a Talmudic saying that says what comes from the heart enters the heart. Mr. President, you have crept into our hearts, you and your whole family.”

Biden says he had no “inkling” to this surprise ceremony, held in the State Dining Room of the White House.  He and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, thought they were attending a toast/farewell to senior White House staff members.

Throughout the ceremony it was clear how close the two men had become, a regular ‘bro-mance,’ and how close their families became as well. Obama has frequently said how picking Biden as his former primary rival in 2008, was one of the best decisions he ever made.

Biden is known to the current generation primarily for his love of muscle cars, and for having the President’s back in social media skirmishes with the current President-elect.