President Obama surprises Joe Biden with Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama surprised Vice President Joe Biden by awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction during a tribute to the the former Delaware senator on Thursday.

Biden turned away from the cameras to wipe tears away as the president announced he would be honoring him with the highest civilian award in the United States.

Biden is third vice president to be awarded a Medal of Freedom and according to Obama he was giving the medal to Biden "with distinction," an honor given only to three others: Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan and Colin Powell.

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden wipes his eyes before receiving the Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama, not pictured, during an event at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Obama awarded Biden with the highest civilian honor, commemorating an 'extraordinary man with an extraordinary career in public service.'

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US President Barack Obama awards Vice President Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a tribute to Biden at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 12, 2017.

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Vice-President Joe Biden speaks after he received the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama during an event in the State Dinning room of the White House, January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Vice President Joe Biden after presenting him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vice President Joe Biden in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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Vice-President Joe Biden reacts as President Barack Obama delivers remarks during an event in the State Dining room of the White House, January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: (AFP OUT) U.S. Vice President Joe Biden wipes his eyes as Preident Barack Obama presents him with Medal of Freedom during an event in the State Dinning room of the White House January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vice President Joe Biden in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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US Vice President Joe Biden wipes away tears after President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a tribute to Biden at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 12, 2017.

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U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vice President Joe Biden in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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Vice-President Joe Biden gets emotional as President Barack Obama delivers remarks during an event in the State Dinning room of the White House, January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vice President Joe Biden in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a tribute to Vice President Joe Biden in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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U.S. President Barack Obama looks at his watch as he reacts to Vice President Joe Biden speech in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden wipes his eye after President Barack Obama presented him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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US Vice President Joe Biden wipes away tears as he walks past President Barack Obama after he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a tribute to Biden at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 12, 2017.

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U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vice President Joe Biden in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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Vice-President Joe Biden speaks after he received from President Barack Obama the Medal of Freedom during an event in the State Dinning room of the White House, January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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US Vice President Joe Biden acknowledges applause after President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a tribute to Biden at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 12, 2017.

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a tribute to Vice President Joe Biden in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during an event at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Obama awarded Biden with the highest civilian honor, commemorating an 'extraordinary man with an extraordinary career in public service.'

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U.S. President Barack Obama looks at his wife Michelle and his daughters Malia and Sasha during an event in the State Dinning room of the White House, January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the Medal of Freedom to Vice President Joe Biden.

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U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Vice President Joe Biden after presenting him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden reacts as President Barack Obama delivers remarks to tribute him in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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"So, Joe, for your faith in your fellow Americans. For your love of country. And for your lifetime of service that will endure through the generations," said Obama during the event at the White House.

"For the final time as president I am pleased to award our nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal Of Freedom."

An emotional Biden thank Obama saying, "I'm indebted to you, I'm indebted to your friendship, I'm indebted to your family."

During the tribute Obama highlighted Biden's political career from his time serving as Delaware senator, to his women's advocacy work, and his two terms in executive office.

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Congratulations, Joe. Appreciate your many years of service and friendship. https://t.co/RpbQ0Skvop
I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the Medal of Freedom than @VP Biden. Congratulations are truly in order!
From a fellow son of Scranton, congratulations to Vice President Joe Biden on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
.@VP @JoeBiden, I love you. You have the world's best #1 fan.
Congratulations Joe Biden @VP on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. An honor so well deserved.
I'm so thrilled about this! @JoeBiden so deserves this. https://t.co/q0hSJxNVtG
I don't care which side you're on, the tribute @POTUS just paid @JoeBiden was one of the most touching I've ever seen. Watch it
A great honor for this remarkable public servant and son of Delaware. Thank you, Joe, for everything. We can't wait… https://t.co/fRPDcA4qGq
Congratulations to my friend @JoeBiden. No one more deserving of Medal of Freedom. Such a passionate public servant & incredibly kind man.
America is stronger thanks to Joe Biden's leadership, passion, and courage. Thank you for a lifetime of service. https://t.co/ISxS3R8Jrv
Politics aside, I'm going to miss the Obama/Biden bromance
We all want the same thing -- to be loved the way Barack Obama loves Joe Biden.
Beautiful. Joe Biden loves the job and loves the fight, for every right reason there is. Absolutely beautiful. https://t.co/6ngrmX7YZb
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"Behind the scenes, Joe's honest and candid counsel has made me a better president and commander in chief, from the situation room to our weekly lunches, to our huddles when everyone has left the room, he has been unafraid to give it to me straight," Obama said.

Obama also joked about the meme sensation him and Biden had become over their eight years in office together. "This also gives the internet one last chance to talk about our bromance," said Obama.

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