In an emotional farewell on Thursday, President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vice President Joe Biden and called him “the finest vice president we have ever seen.”
The Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honor.
Shocked by the award, Biden said:
“I just hope that the asterisk in history that is attached to my name when they talk about this presidency is that I can say I was part of the journey of a remarkable man who did remarkable things for this country.”
“I had no idea,” insisting that he didn’t deserve it.
Biden’s career in Washington started in 1972 steeped in tragedy when his wife and infant daughter died in a car crash just before he was to be sworn in as U.S. senator. After exiting the national stage next week, he plans to stay active in Democratic politics and work on policy issues at a pair of institutes he’s developing at the University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania.