President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to an emotional Vice President Biden during a surprise event Thursday at the White House.

Biden turned around and burst into tears as Obama made the announcement in front of White House staff in the State Dining Room.

The president said he was bestowing the nation’s highest civilian honor on his vice president “for your faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and for you lifetime of service that will endure through the generations.”

The award caught Biden and much of the world off guard, as the event has been billed just hours before as a final tribute for the vice president. The medal had not been mentioned.  Continue reading at The Hill.

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