Joe Biden gets emotional as President Obama awards him medal of freedom – VIDEO
President Barack Obama has awarded an emotional Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honour.
The vice-president was praised for his “faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and your lifetime of service”.
Joe Biden said he had no idea he will receive the distinction and was moved to tears by Obama’s gesture.
The award comes as both officials prepare to leave office when Donald Trump is inaugurated on 20 January.
Joe Biden has said he plans to stay active in Democratic Party politics and continue his efforts to tackle cancer, which claimed his son Beau in 2015.
The medal was awarded with distinction, an additional honour that has been reserved in recent administrations for just a handful of recipients, including Pope John Paul II.