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Obama and Biden took their bromance to new levels and there wasn't a dry eye in the White House

The US President surprised his Vice President with his nation’s highest honour.

WITH JUST A week left of his presidency, US President Barack Obama awarded his nation’s highest honour to his loyal Vice-President Joe Biden.

In a surprise announcement that caught a visibly shocked Biden unaware, Obama described Biden as an “extraordinary man with an extraordinary career in public service.”

Obama has repeatedly said that choosing Biden as his number two was his best ever decision as President and the affection between the pair was clear in the White House ceremony.

Obama himself joked that this commendation was another chance for people online to celebrate the ‘bromance’ between the pair.

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In accepting the honour, Biden praised his wife and children and spoke about the friendship that has developed between himself and Obama. Not for the first time, Biden also quoted Seamús Heaney in a nod to his Irish roots.

“I don’t deserve this, but I know it came from the President’s heart,” Biden said.

“I was part of the journey of a remarkable man who did remarkable things.”

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