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Joe Biden Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom – With DISTINCTION

January 12, 2017

There is not a dry eye in the nation tonight–and for all the right reasons.

In the summer of 2008 I wrote the following in the high hope that Senator Joe Biden would be named the vice-presidential running mate to Barrack Obama.

I have long thought Senator Joe Biden to be a smart and capable man.   In 1987 I supported him financially when he sought the Democratic Party nomination for the White House.  One can never forget his earnestness in fighting the atrocities that were taking place in the Balkans, or his great work on the Judiciary Committee in stopping Robert Bork from getting to the Supreme Court.  His background and breadth of knowledge on international issues makes him a seasoned and remarkable public servant. 

He has most faithfully served this nation and is revered by his fellow citizens.  What happened this afternoon to honor him is simply the best news of the day. 

President Obama surprised Vice President Joe Biden with the nation’s highest civilian honor – the Presidential Medal of Freedom – with DISTINCTION–at a tribute event at the White House this afternoon.  The event and the award were kept secret from the vice president until he walked into the State Dining Room and found an audience filled with his family, the president’s family, and colleagues from throughout his career.

The vice president was very emotional throughout the event, wiping away tears as soon as the president began telling those in attendance that Biden is “the finest vice president” in U.S. history.

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