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In A Surprise Send-Off, Obama Awards Biden
Preidential Medal Of Freedom
President Obama awarded outgoing Vice President Biden the
Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday afternoon.
Calling the former longtime Delaware senator “the best vice
president America’s ever had” and a “lion of American history,”
Obama gave his White House partner the surprise award in an
emotional ceremony, initially billed as a farewell.
After extolling the job that Biden has done, Obama ended it with
the unexpected news that he was giving the vice president the nation’s
highest civilian honor, with distinction — a designation previously
given only to President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II and Gen.
“To know Joe Biden is to know love without pretense, service
without self-regard, and to live life fully,” Obama said.
Overcome with tears and completely caught off guard by the
award, Biden praised the president as “remarkable man who did
remarkable things for this country” who had truly treated him like
an equal partner in governance.
“This honor is not only well beyond what I deserve, but it’s a
reflection of the generosity of your spirit,” Biden told Obama.
“I don’t deserve this. But I know it came from the president’s
The two have enjoyed an unusually close working relationship
over the past eight years, and Obama himself even joked at the
outset of the ceremony that “this also gives the Internet one last
chance to talk about our ‘bromance.’ ”
Throughout the ceremony it was evident not just how close the
two men were but how close their families and staffs had become,
and Obama said his “family is honored to call ourselves honorary
Obama has frequently said that picking Biden, his former primary
rival, as his running mate in 2008 was one of the best decisions
he ever made. Before accepting the nomination, Biden had spent more
than three decades in the Senate, amassing a large portfolio and body
of work, including stints as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The president said, laughing, that the people of Delaware sent
Biden to the Senate as soon as they could, electing him to the
Senate at the age of 29 (he turned the constitutionally required
age of 30 before he was sworn in).
But before Biden could even head to Washington, his life would
be marked with unspeakable tragedy for the first time. While
Christmas shopping, his first wife and 1-year-old daughter were killed
in a car wreck; his sons Hunter and Beau were injured in the accident.
Biden considered resigning before he even took office but was persuaded
not to. He was sworn into office at the hospital beside his sons, and for
years he would famously commute back and forth every day on Amtrak
to be with his family. Later on, he would meet and marry his now-wife,
Jill, and they would have a daughter together, Ashley.
In 2015, tragedy would strike the Biden family again when his eldest
son, Beau, the former Delaware attorney general who was long seen as
his father’s political heir, died at the age of 46 from brain cancer. The
loss came as the elder Biden was weighing whether he should make his
own run at the Oval Office to succeed Obama. Months later, the still very
emotional vice president acknowledged his window had passed and said
that he wouldn’t launch his own presidential campaign.
Who were awarded this medal before Biden?
How did the President Obama desicribe his relationship
with Biden? Answer by one word.
What the important seats Biden had taken over his
career did this writer describe here? Name two.
What was the last Biden’t tragedy and what caused it?
Answer within 8 words.