Obama gives Bi­den a shock

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS -

WITH a key phase of their ca­reers draw­ing to a close, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has be­stowed the Pres­i­den­tial Medal of Free­dom on Joe Bi­den, call­ing him “the finest vice-pres­i­dent we have ever seen.”

The Vice-Pres­i­dent winced in shock yes­ter­day as the Pres­i­dent an­nounced he was con­fer­ring the coun­try’s high­est civil hon­our on his right-hand man of eight years, sur­rounded by teary friends and fam­ily.

Mr Bi­den turned from cam­eras to wipe away tears, then stood as Mr Obama draped the rib­bon and medal around his neck.

“I just hope ... that I can say I was part of the jour­ney of a re­mark­able man who did re­mark­able things for this coun­try,” Mr Bi­den said.

“I had no idea,” he said, in­sist­ing he didn’t de­serve it.

PHOTO: MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA

STUNNED: Joe Bi­den re­ceives the Medal of Free­dom.

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