Obama hon­ors ‘my brother’

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - NATION -

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama sur­prised Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den on Thurs­day by be­stow­ing the Pres­i­den­tial Medal of Free­dom on him, call­ing Bi­den “my brother” in a tear­ful good­bye at the White House. Hav­ing called Bi­den and his wife, Jill, to the White House for a pri­vate farewell, the pres­i­dent in­stead brought him into a room filled with his friends, fam­ily and col­leagues to present him with the honor, the na­tion’s high­est. For the first time, Obama awarded the medal with dis­tinc­tion, an added level of ven­er­a­tion that pre­vi­ous pres­i­dents had re­served for re­cip­i­ents like Pope John Paul II.

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