Pres. Obama surprised VP Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

In his last days in office, President Barack Obama is doing his best to pre-emptively block sh-t for the incoming administration. But Obama has also been doing traditional things, like exit interviews, farewell speeches and last-minute honors. On Thursday, President Obama invited his BFF, Vice President Joe Biden, to join him for one of those honors. Reportedly, Biden didn’t exactly know what was going to happen, and you can see Biden trying to read Obama’s speech over his shoulder. Obama surprised Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction, an honor only given previously to three other men. When Obama announced the honor, Biden was so moved he had to turn away to wipe his tears. Biden was crying openly as Obama clasped the medal around his neck.

All the tears, you guys. I’ve been trying to avoid the Obama-farewell stuff until I need a good cry (I’ll be PMS-ing like a motherf—ker next week, so probably then), but this one crept up on me. I was crying just like Handsome Joe. These two men… they really love each other in a profound way. It’s a rare thing in modern politics for a president and vice president to be this close for the entire eight years. Bill Clinton and Al Gore got along at first during their time, but by the end, Gore hated Clinton. Bush and Cheney always had a weird dynamic, but I think Bush stopped listening to Cheney in the last years too. But Obama and Biden are even closer now than they were in 2008. It’s a big f—king deal.

Still, what Handsome Joe really wanted was that Trans-Am. Or another really great Wu-Tang album.

Photos courtesy of Getty.

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  1. Nicole says:

    I was openly crying at my desk watching it live. I mean the friendship these two men and their families have is beautiful to see. I also cried because we are going from these two outstanding men to paragons of evil. So yea I cried.
    Oh and I will miss the memes.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      I watched it over and over and cried each time. Yeah, of course my tears were because this was a sweet and moving occasion that marked the end of their eight years–but by the third or fourth time I watched it I realized I was also crying for the end of decency and goodness, which is what this transition from Obama-Biden to Trump-Pence represents. Then I cried again, out of sadness, dread, and fear of what this Evil Empire will bring down on us.

    • Kitten says:

      I can’t…all of this is KILLING me right now. As I’ve been saying the transition from Obama/Biden to Trump/Pence is going to feel like a car crash.

      I wish we were transitioning into a great administration. I’d still be sad and nostalgic but at least I wouldn’t be filled with dread and straight-up depression.

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        Yeah, Kitten, me too. And another emotion I’m wrestling with is plain old mortification — shame that an incompetent, poisonous individual like Donald F’ing Trump will now be the President of our country.

        That’s his name as far as I’m concerned: Donald F. Trump.

      • Kitten says:

        Shame, embarrassment, disgust..all of it.

        My god, what have we done?

      • Esmom says:

        KItten, the transition already feels like a car crash to me. Painful, disorienting, scary. I didn’t sleep for a month after the election and I was going to make an appointment with my shrink, but then I was finally able to relax a bit and sleep again. But Trump’s press conference triggered the flood of anxiety all over again, maybe even more so than on election day. I can’t even imagine what the next weeks, months, years will bring.

      • isabelle says:

        I will no way be able to see one minute of Trumps inauguration day and can’t watch the Obamas leave. I’m going nowhere close to the news that day and will just watch useless YouTube and maybe read a good book. Maybe catch up on my shows I’ve had DVR for a year. It will be heartbreaking to watch.

      • Jess says:

        I’m right there with you guys. I don’t know I’m going to make it through the next year (much less four). It’s so terrifying, maddening, and depressing.

      • Nancy says:

        Esmon: We all suffered anxiety throughout the campaign and especially after he won. Like I’ve said a thousand times, I started smoking again. I know my twin sister has vowed not to turn on the tv, we all have something. But, it will sink in and we will forge ahead. There are still good guys out there watching him. He is not God, he is not King, he is an aging mortal. It’s easier to live in the moment and not anticipate. We have each other for support. Don’t give in to that asshat, you’re a strong women!!!!!!

      • Kelly says:

        It’s going to be tough going from Obama and Biden, two individuals who clearly respect each other and are friends and colleagues, to Trump and Pence, who can’t stand being in the same space as each other. I would have felt that this country would have been in very capable hands if Biden every had to take over for Obama. All I feel with Pence is that he’s a human great white shark waiting for Trump to fuck up and turn this country into Gilead.

      • Megan says:

        I have a constant nagging sense of dread. The inauguration is lining up to be a humiliating flop. Trump is at his scariest when he is humiliated.

    • SusanneToo says:

      I’m storing up youtube videos so that I can revisit what we once had.

      • teacakes says:

        I should probably do this, because come the 20th, I am unsubscribing from the White House youtube channel. I’d rather leave it with President Obama being the only President on the channel ;___;

    • tealily says:

      I can’t help but smile! Like, I can’t physically watch it without grinning ear to ear.

    • mar_time says:

      I watched it at work and cried too!! I love them all so much and am SO SAD we have to go from the Obamas and Bidens to trumps and pences 👎🏻

    • AnneC says:

      The pain of going from these two decent, smart, kind men to Trump is just heartbreaking. Trump is worse than an evil Batman criminal, he literally doesn’t seem to have a decent bone in his cruel, thin skinned body. If you want some more tears, check out Stevie Wonder serenading Michelle Obama on one of the late night shows. He changes the words of Ma Cherie Amour to Ma Michelle Amour. Just wonderful and so touching.

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        AnneC, Yes! I saw that on Jimmy Fallon’s late night show (which I usually don’t watch because Fallon gets on my last nerve), and you’re so right: I was really glad that my husband was asleep and only my dog could see me crying! What a moving tribute that was.

  2. Maya says:

    These two are the perfect example of how you can be decent, honest, humble, family oriented, scandal free and friendly while holding the two most powerful positions in the world.

    Best of luck to you both – America and the world are going to miss your decency, humanity, intelligence, maturity and strength.

    • Megan says:

      +1,000 The history books will list Obama and Biden as two of the greats.

      • Kitten says:

        Unquestionably. Also why I always chuckle when I listen to Trumpsters complain about how awful the last 8 years were,

      • Little Darling says:

        I wonder what everyone is thinking now. As it all falls into place…is this what they wanted? Are they happy? Does that press conference give them pride?

      • SusanneToo says:

        @Little Darling. It gives some of the dumbasses pride. They make comments like “He really crushed those reporters. Yay!” They feel like they’ve “won,” like they’re vindicated in some way. They don’t give a flying fvck who’s hurt in the aftermath. My consolation is that some of them will be seriously hurt. That’s when I’ll go Yay!

      • KiddVicious says:

        A lot of them have the mentality of not caring how they won (lying, cheating, etc) as long as they won. They can’t see the forest through the trees and are going to be in complete shock and bewilderment when they’re worse off than before.

    • Jess says:

      Completely agree and I don’t understand why so many people can’t see how wonderful they’ve been for this country. I love coming here for political posts because you guys are normal in the comments, in my area everyone hates Obama and acts like he’s the antichrist, I don’t get it and the facts don’t support it.

      • Kristen says:

        Simple. A lot of it comes down to racism. So many people hate Obama because he’s black.

      • Surferrosa says:

        Jess, I totally agree with Kristen. It’s all down to racism. Half of America was and still is not comfortable with a black president. It’s so sad, but true.

      • Giddy says:

        All that “make America great again” was code for “get a white guy back in the White House”. It’s sickening how open the racism was in Cheeto Tinyhands campaign. I’m deeply afraid.

      • AnnaKist says:

        Sadly, I have to agree with you, Kristen. I’m not even in America and nor am I American, but it was covered rather wid ly here, and although it brought a tear to my eye, it was really beautiful to watch. I’m going to miss them, too. I hope you will all stay strong during this handover, and wish you all the best for the next four years. Let’s cross the 2020 bridge when we come to it.

      • KiddVicious says:

        A lot of it is racism, but a lot is where they get their news. Fox, et al, skew the news so badly that it does sound like the country is in dire straights because of Obama. I’ve tried to watch conservative news shows and I end up yelling at my TV because they’re not reporting the facts, just *their* views. It’s crazy and stupid and it put the country in the position it’s in now.

      • Jag says:

        I agree, Jess. I’m from a very conservative area and the the things I hear about Obama on a daily basis are vile and untrue. I appreciate the commenters on this site (and a few others) so much! It’s nice to know I’m not alone.

      • Erica_V says:

        I get so angry when I hear all the – well he couldn’t get anything done! comments.

        It’s impossible to move forward when the backwards thinkers block your every attempt. But they don’t care about actual facts or real reality. They care about the surface appearance and what they “think” is fact.

      • Jessica says:

        My husband and I have loved both of them. I helped his first primary campaign. It is going to be an odd four years now.

    • ME says:

      Exactly – these are men (and families) of substance that are driven by the genuine desire to improve the US/world. Policies may not have been perfect but their commitment, ethics, empathy and character can never be questioned. Oh the haters will try but that’s mostly because of their own small-minded self loathing. Trump must have hated this speech because he knows he can never measure up and that makes me smile every time.

  3. Danielle says:

    Watched this last night and cried a bit.

  4. Kaye says:

    I love them both so much.
    We will never see the likes of them in this office again.

    Remember when hyperbole was still a thing? Now everything just feels so–final.

  5. Amy says:

    I’ll miss them :(

  6. Lucy2 says:

    What a beautiful moment, and the perfect example of their character.

  7. justsaying says:

    Can’t imagine Trump doing something like that.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      He would give it to himself. And he wouldn’t stop with the honors and medals until he looked like a freshly decorated Christmas tree.

      • Jan says:

        Kinda like those Russian generals you see on the news. How fitting!

      • Annetommy says:

        Princess Anne’s chest is also covered with medals on certain occasions, though I would hazard a guess that she hasn’t seen military service. But I was moved by this ceremony, two men from very different backgrounds collaborating and genuinely liking each other. That’s the way it should be done. However, the imminent arrival of Trumpence makes it so depressing.

    • Clare says:

      ‘Ivank is GREAT. Just GREAT. Fantastic. Amazing. I am giving her the Medal of Honour with double distinction. Fantastic bigly great.’

    • isabelle says:

      Maybe giving himself the award and his true love Putin.

    • holly hobby says:

      He will sell it to the highest bidder/donor.

  8. Shambles says:

    I want a love like Joe and Barack. A love story for the ages.

  9. Dtab says:

    I have now watched this 3 times over the past few hours….it will be a long time before we all get these kind of ‘Good Feels’

  10. Sarah says:

    Perfect bromance <3

  11. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    Will Biden run in 2020? Has any VP’s ever run and won the presidency?

    • Jesie says:

      Only two (George H.W. Bush and Martin Van Buren) have been elected after just being VP. 7 others have become President due to death or resignation, and then some went on to win an election as the incumbent.

    • tealily says:

      I don’t think he’ll run. If he was going to, I think he would have done it this time ’round.

      • smyling says:

        @tealily, I don’t think so. You’re forgetting that Joe’s son Beau died right before the candidates started gearing up for the primaries. A lot of political analysts were wondering if he would run, and he decided that he and his family did not have the heart to take up the burden of full on fundraising and campaigning at that time. He may feel differently now, and may run in 2020.

      • SusanneToo says:

        He and Jill were on The View this morning and he said no. He may change his mind as we descend further into the Dark Ages.

  12. Little Darling says:

    The two of them, they are magical unicorns who transcend their positions of power. They’re seriously rainbows in the cloud of orange haze. Watching the two of them has been a complete honor. I know I stand with so many who feel this union to their very core, and will sorely miss their leadership.

    Between the Farewell Address which had me looking like the Lauren Conrad crying gif, to this, which had me looking like the Dawson Leary crying gif, I am a swinging pendulum of emotion this week.

    However, when Orange Julius comes into office, I’m pretty sure I will look more like the Kim K. crying gif…horrified crying.

    • Kitten says:

      Everything you said. The farewell address was almost painful to watch, knowing what we’re in for.

      • Little Darling says:

        Kitten, I am in full blown panic mode with every new piece of info that comes out about the administration, every time I see his face. I CANNOT listen to him on the tv. I truly cannot. I watched him point angrily for .5 seconds and felt ill in my stomach. Dread. Disbelief. Sadness. Anger.

        It’s unbelievable. The tremendous fall from grace our country will have. It’s almost unbearable, the stark comparison from what is now to what will be. That’s the cruelest joke of them all.

      • Kitten says:

        @ LD-My BF and I are constantly sending each other links all day long and it’s still nearly impossible to keep up with all that’s happening politically right now. These devious fuckers keep sneaking through legislation overnight and every morning it’s like waking up in the middle of a nightmare–except I’m left with dread, no wave of relief that it was only a bad dream.

        It would be easier if we were transitioning from a presidency like GW’s but to go from the highest of the high to the lowest of the low is as you said, unbearable.

    • GingerCrunch says:

      Laughing through tears at your comments! Such a bittersweet moment.

  13. Onerous says:

    I wasn’t listening in the car and could barely see to drive – it was so moving!

    And this is exactly the type of thing I just cannot see Trump doing – because he can’t honor someone else without self-aggrandizing. And a lot of being president is being humble – no – humbling yourself – before others. Ugh.

  14. Maum says:

    Trump would probably give it to… Trump.
    He already talks about himself in the third person.

    Seriously though, Biden’s speech was lovely. I loved the way he spoke about his wife. He’s also so self-deprecating and just…. nice.

  15. Nancy says:

    Soak it in. We won’t have moments like this again. Two decent, loving family men. VP Biden has been through so much tragedy and has served our Country with honor for decades. I salute him. As an aside, I hope this thread belongs to President Obama and Vice President Biden and comments about that other person doesn’t take it over.

  16. Jazz says:

    I’m going to miss the Obamas. *sniff*

  17. mia girl says:

    This was such an amazing thing.
    True respect and love between two great men. Historians will write about this friendship. One for the ages.

  18. grabbyhands says:

    I feel like I am experiencing the world’s worst, most prolonged case of PMS because pretty much every other day I am in tears about these last days of Obama’s presidency. At least this was for a good reason.

    Trump will probably hand out awards like this like TicTacs to his kids and goons like Steve Bannon, only the ceremony will be in Trump Towers and he’ll talk about himself first.

  19. Dolphin7 says:

    These two just have the best chemistry together. What wonderful role models for our children they have been. It’s been really hard watching these speeches and dreading what’s to come.

  20. lightpurple says:

    This was so beautiful. And Joe Biden is so deserving of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, with distinction. He has done so much and given so much. I’m crying now as I type and I don’t cry!

    • third ginger says:

      I was hysterical throughout the whole ceremony. One of my many reasons to love Biden is that he spoke openly in favor of marriage equality even before the President [whom I love]. Thanks to Joe on behalf of my beloved daughter.

      • Kitten says:

        YES. Thank you for bringing that up. He was a huge advocate for marriage equality.
        What a guy. Sigh.

      • TQB says:

        Joe impressed me with the way he embraced the role of VP – not the guy in charge and thus free to push the edge. He earned my respect every day for 8 years.

      • lucy2 says:

        I agree TQB. He did the job to the fullest, and most importantly, he and Obama were really a team.
        I feel fortunate to have lived in the time of their administration.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Yes, he was a strong early advocate. Also a man who admitted and learned from his mistakes as he did with the Clarence Thomas hearings.

  21. Tate says:

    You two will be greatly missed.

  22. Eric says:

    Translation.
    Obama: Bro…..look……this is for you.

    Biden: thanks Brah

  23. Esmom says:

    It was an amazing moment, VP Biden is so deserving. I love how Obama calls him “my brother.” Their bond is something to behold.

    Of course I had to ruin it by looking at the comments in my home city’s newspaper. Deplorables, all of them.

    • Kitten says:

      Oh no…hugs, Esmom.
      I have to stop reading comments anywhere except here. It’s starting to really affect me on a visceral level. It’s truly making me hate humanity.

      I’m still somewhat surprised that Chicago–of all places–would be nasty towards Obama. Hopefully those commenters weren’t local people….

      • Esmom says:

        Aw, thanks. They are local people. Even though Illinois is a blue state, as is Chicago, the Tea Party types seem to be emerging in bigger numbers. And they all apparently read the Chicago Tribune. I usually stay away from it but occasionally want to check in to see what the commenters are saying. There are a few reasonable, intelligent ones but they are far outnumbered by some of the nastiest haters I’ve ever come across.

      • ME says:

        Yes, I’ve given up a lot on a lot of sites thanks to the vileness that is trump supporters (frankly, deplorables is far too tame).

    • Little Darling says:

      You could tell Joe didn’t want to stop hugging, he was so moved.

      Beauty at it’s finest. Our country at it’s finest. In that moment I had such deep admiration for Biden. There is no shadow to stand behind with these two, they are unified through and through. I LOVE THAT!

    • SusanneToo says:

      Yes, I saw comments, also. To me, those people with their bitter, nasty words are pure filth. I hope they are truly crushed in the coming apocalypse.

    • Shark Bait says:

      Never look in the comments on local papers or new stations. Ever. I follow stations from Philly and also DC and Baltimore and holy moly they are vile and deplorable city. Just awful. I wouldn’t dare to read them on a story such as this, however I saw that some people reacted with the laughing face or the angry face.
      I told myself I was not going to let facebook (because ultimately Instagram and Twitter are my “safe spaces” lol) ruin this moment. I made the mistake of looking on there after Obama’s farewell address and seeing a few “bye Obama, not sorry to see you go, don’t let the door hit you on the way out” posts.

  24. smcollins says:

    That was a really beautiful moment, it definitely had me in tears. The same with President Obama’s farewell address. Just sobbing. I’m really going to miss the dignity and grace that both men brought to our highest office. The next 4 years are going to be rough, but I’m going to take President Obama’s advice and hold onto my hope.

    • SusanneToo says:

      I hope their relationship continues, that the families visit, take vacations together, etc. They are such a contrast to the utter fakeness that is coming,

  25. SilverUnicorn says:

    I cannot even start to imagine how you will miss them. I will and I’m not even American or living in USA.

  26. Diana B says:

    All. The. Tears! 😭😭😭😭😭 *Ugly cryign*

  27. SusanneToo says:

    CBS This Morning just showed the ceremony again and I’m crying again. I don’t understand how anyone could look at such decency and grace and not mourn what we’re losing.

    • Kitten says:

      This is how I’ve always felt about Obama.
      I’ve been critical of his administration in areas where I felt that it fell short….
      …but I’ve NEVER understood the characterization of Barack as a slick-talking, underhanded politician. He’s always struck me as someone who genuinely wanted to do good. He’s charming, articulate, warm, affable, even-tempered, smart, capable, caring…sigh. So many of the qualities that I look for in a POTUS.

      Gah. He is quite literally the opposite of He Who Shall Not Be Named
      (thanks, Nancy for reminding me not to invoke the clown’s name)

      • Mira says:

        Hear hear, kitten!!
        His decency and grace under sometimes very difficult circumstances (for me) makes him the western politician i most admire in my lifetime. I think history will judge him kindly.

      • steerpike says:

        I agree. I have had the occasional criticism, but every time I hear Obama speak, he is so decent and honorable and deeply intelligent that I can’t understand how people could possibly speak about him the way they do. It feels like they are living in a completely different reality than I am.

  28. Mar says:

    My favorite Wu Tang album is Enter the 36 Chambers.

    Joe is the man!

  29. ash says:

    if yal dont have a best friend like Uncle Biden…. yal are NOT LIVING… i tell you

  30. ElleBee says:

    Damn. Now I’m in tears at my desk and management is probably on the verge of offering me a mental health day (which I would gladly accept)

  31. robyn says:

    This was such a beautiful moment so full of heart!!!! I think President Obama found a good friend in Biden, especially during tough decisions and when Republicans thwarted him at every turn. Apparently, Republicans were even rude enough not to show up for State dinners when invited. Biden must have been a great confidant and Obama proved to be a loyal caring friend.

  32. minx says:

    I just feel we are on a day-by-day countdown to the apocalypse.

    • GingerCrunch says:

      Whenever I express this to my young adult son, he reminds me that maybe the super-volcano out West will finally erupt. 😫

  33. Jaded says:

    #friendshipgoals

  34. Juliaoc says:

    I’m not crying – you’re crying. Shut up.

    • Merry says:

      You shut up. I’m not crying either, I’m just chopping up these onions.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      I’m not crying either, so go tell your momma to shut up! There’s just a bunch of wind in my eyes, a hard nasty wind blowing through all the rooms of my house.

  35. anniefannie says:

    Love, love, love their genuine friendship. My favorite part was when Obama referred to his family as honorary Biden’s
    Favorite tweet: “It’s like America’s amazing dad is leaving us and Moms new perverted boyfriend just pulled up in his Tans-Am.” #obamafarewell..

  36. Beckysuz says:

    I’m not crying, you’re crying !!

  37. Surferrosa says:

    The Irish Catholic in me (I’m also half Latina) just loves Biden soooooo much. He reminds me of my dad who passed away 9 years ago. Biden’s got a profound love for his faith and trust in God, even in the toughest of times and even though he doesn’t agree with all of the Catholic doctrines (like so many of us Catholics). The guy’s got a great sense of wit and humor and I just love the fact that he isn’t afraid to show his emotions. I’ve always thought Obama’s intelligence and smooth attitude was just what this country needed. But looking back at the past 8 years, we needed Biden’s goofiness and straight-talk attitude too. I’m going to miss this dynamic duo!

  38. Olenna says:

    I’ll admit it; I watched it yesterday and teared up. I’m gonna miss these two and their bromance memes as well.

  39. MellyMel says:

    I’m going to miss them so much. I could only watch a little before I started crying, heavily. This farewell for the both of them is heartbreaking in so many ways and it scares me that we won’t have anything like this for many years. I feel honored and blessed that I got to vote for them twice and witness this greatness.

  40. Tiny Martian says:

    This was so moving. And I think in part what made it so poignant for me is my expectation that this well may be the last time that such an honor really stands for something meaningful in the US. Sadly, I suspect that Trump will be handing out honors like hotcakes to himself, his family , and all of his cronies in the upcoming years, as I’m sure he’d just love the showmanship of bestowing medals.

  41. Freddy Spaghetti says:

    I love their friendship, I love this ceremony, and I love them. I’m going to miss them both so much.

  42. JudyK says:

    So sweet, so touching. Watching this yesterday made me a teary mess. So honored to have had them as our President and Vice-President. God bless them both.

  43. Insomniac says:

    Argh. I am going to miss these two so much, and I am never EVER going to forgive this country for replacing them with the dumpster fire coming up.

  44. Grant says:

    That was like taking a bullet. Excuse me while I ugly cry at my desk.

  45. Kori says:

    I’m from Delaware and we are proud of Joe. He totally deserves it. So many years of solid public service. And DE is blue but it was purple when I was growing up at Senators/Rep/Gov were usually split 50/50 by party. Joe always received a lot of votes from republicans. If you want another cry, look up Lindsey graham breaking down talking about him. He’s just a good, decent guy who is a tough politician but not a nasty, über partisan one. Living in DE I’ll see him a lot and hopefully Obama can drop by too. :) DC is only 2 hrs away.

    • Shark Bait says:

      I used to work in Wilmington (commuted from PA) and I always felt a special connection to DE and the Bidens. My parents also have a house in Fenwick Island and we stay there every summer. I used to see billboards and signs for the Bidens during election season.

      I think he has made your state proud!

  46. Pip says:

    God this made me snivel.

    It’s as if someone’s taken all their gracious, honourable, decent, admirable, wonderful qualities & flipped them on their head to create the absolute utter antithesis in all the repulsive individuals who are currently taking over.

    Very very very sad days.

  47. Giddy says:

    These days I am constantly on the verge of tears, so yesterday I cried during the entire ceremony. Uncle Joe has had decades of public service, but in these last 8 years he has become someone who much of the nation loves. I believe that Obama will go down in history as one of our greatest Presidents and that his relationship with Biden has given him strength and support. I hope they both will stay active and engaged and metaphorically hold our hands through the bad days ahead.

  48. homeslice says:

    Love these two men. Love the class and dignity they brought to the office and to our country. I cannot fathom what the next 4 years will be like an I’m deeply depressed and concerned.

    My hope is that they both stay active in the party…we need them so much right now.

  49. homeslice says:

    Also, that story about Obama giving him the money for medical bills, so he wouldn’t have to sell his family home?? Yea, that got me, but also think about it. Joe has been in politics for his life, and he is not a gazillionaire! Imagine that. His wife still works as a community college professor. These are real public servants. This is the way it is done. Being decent and doing the job of representing the people, not lining your pockets and being morally and ethically bankrupt. So sad there are not more “Joes” in our government.

    • teacakes says:

      I didn’t know that, and now I’m tearing up all over again.

    • SusanneToo says:

      Agree times1,000,000,000.

    • jwoolman says:

      Joe Biden put his kids first when his wife and baby daughter died in a car accident. He was always available by phone for them while he was working and made sure he was home with them as much as possible. He has told his staff in writing that he expects them to be with family for things like birthdays, school plays, etc. rather than working through such events. That’s why he’s not a gazillionaire, he didn’t try to be superman and do it all as a single parent but also didn’t let his boys be raised just by nannies. He had considered running in the primary but it was too soon after his adult son died of cancer. Again, he knows he’s not superman and family comes first, and that takes a lot of time and energy. Especially adjusting to burying another child.

  50. Mira says:

    I am already feeling nostalgic about the Obama presidency.
    I am so sad that Biden didn’t run. I think hes the only one who could have stopped the orange buffoon.

    • holly hobby says:

      Yup deep down I knew we were doomed when Joe elected not to run.

    • jwoolman says:

      The Trumpians and Republicans would have just smeared Joe also. They were lying about Hillary, but they’ve been doing that so long that too many people believed it. Joe isn’t the introvert that Hillary is, which may have helped, but he would have been fighting the Trumpian steamroller of lies too. As a Presidential candidate, he would have been seen as a threat far greater than as VP or member of Congress and been treated accordingly.

  51. JRenee says:

    I cried while smiling. Well deserved Joe Biden! Thanks President Obama.

  52. miasys says:

    The clips are wonderful but the whole ceremony had me sobbing, rocking on the couch, with tissues piled everywhere. If you can watch the entire ceremony, please do. It was a beautiful tribute to Joe, their friendship, Joe’s respect & admiration for Barack, and to a time in America that we will never see again. I feel privileged just to bear witness to their awesomeness & just gonna focus on that for awhile.

    • Pip says:

      Miasys, you’re right: it’s definitely worth watching the whole ceremony. ALthough, be warned, it’ll get messy :-(

      Decent men. So, so sad & sorry to see them go.

  53. Guesto says:

    So beautiful but so bittersweet that two such fine, decent people are having to make way for such grim, ignorant darkness.

  54. teacakes says:

    I’m so gutted but touched at the same time. The US was lucky to have these two leading it for the last eight years, they will be sorely missed.

  55. Konspiracytheory says:

    OMG! I am sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room with my 13 year old son. They have the news on, and this story just came on. An older white man just launched into a tirade, repeatedly asking the (black) receptionist ‘what did he do to deserve that award’. He could give a shit that this clearly made her uncomfortable – I guess as long as he successfully broadcasts his old white racist agenda, who cares…? It was like he was enraged that a black man had he nerve to decide to bestow an honor on someone. This. This is a huge part of the problem – this entitled ahole has had free reign to spout racist bullshit his whole life – no need to change now, I guess.

    Clearly he doesn’t represent all older white men ( case in point, my father despises Trump), but ugh – it’s just so damn typical.

    • allison schaffer says:

      He represents a lot of old white men unfortunately. Some of them in my own family :(

      I read a breakdown of who voted for Trump:

      1. country club republicans who want tax cuts

      2. religious kooks who want our country run as a theocracy

      3. old white men (and probably a good amount of women) who are probably proud of their italian, irish, german, etc heritage but believe they are the only “good” kind of immigrants (the ones with white skin!) and want our country to be a white nationalist nation.

      It doesn’t matter to them how horrible he is, as long as they get what they want :(

  56. Van says:

    Ive been avoiding the Obama farewell stuff too. For when I really need it. For when I need to remember how good it used to be. For when I need a good cry in the middle of winter. I wonder, if you’re compiling a list of speeches, interviews, etc will you share it? I know it’s not “gossip” but it would still provide such a wonderful escape when we all could use it.

    • Lolamd says:

      Ditto. I can’t right now watch it because I still have not come to terms with the Orange Cheeto winning. But it would be nice to have a list of speeches, interviews to go back to.

  57. Jennifer says:

    All the tears….again. I love these two.

  58. SusanneToo says:

    Wonderful Joe on The View this morning was asked about his proudest achievement and future plans. He said his work on violence against women stood out for him, that it had gone down 67% since they initiated it. He said, however, rapes of 14-24 year old women hadn’t decreased and that would be what he continued to work on. I love the man.

    He was as gracious as possible about the oncoming disaster, but you had to know he was sick that a woman abusing piece of sh1t will now be sitting in President Obama’s chair. Knowing trump’s proclivities, I now hope he does decorate the WH with his vulgar, gold plated crappy furniture.

  59. HyacinthBucket says:

    I’m a crying mess every time I think about what’s in store for the world. It feels funereal.

    Something within me has died on November 8th. I never was angry or hateful, but I personally want to wring the necks of every Trump voter and kick every non-voter up the behind really hard for putting us through this. At best the Trump years will be a colossal trainwreck where nothing of significance is achieved. At best! If we are not really, really lucky, our liberty is going to be destroyed.

  60. Marley says:

    In the interest of balance Obama also had his shortcomings:

    https://www.stpete4peace.org/obama-fact-sheet

    • SusanneToo says:

      Did you check the link I posted yesterday in response to your question? You know, the one about your peeing hooker loving conman bringing his staff to the PC to cheer for him while he was lying his ass off? Absolutely pathetic. It’s still there.

    • Marley says:

      Reminded me of the seat fillers they had to pay at the DNC.

      Also, criticism of Obama doesn’t make me a Trump supporter. Stop being so dualistic.

      • SusanneToo says:

        Nice try, except false. Did you get it from breitbart, gateway pundit, some bernie or trump twits?
        http://www.snopes.com/dnc-hiring-actors-via-craigslist-to-replace-delegates/

        If you’d bothered to look, you’d see this thread is about the friendship of Obama and Biden and the richly deserved award that VP Biden received and the comments reflected that. But, of course, on every thread, some sour troll feels the need to jump in and post their diversionary nastiness and this time it was you. You just look silly.

      • Marley says:

        It’s good to know they didn’t use seat fillers. The link i got was from a Stein voter on Truthdig. Did you bother to read it or did you just dismiss it with another ad hominem attack?

      • SusanneToo says:

        Rinse and repeat.

        “If you’d bothered to look, you’d see this thread is about the friendship of Obama and Biden and the richly deserved award that VP Biden received and the comments reflected that. But, of course, on every thread, some sour troll feels the need to jump in and post their diversionary nastiness and this time it was you. You just look silly.”

      • Marley says:

        So you didn’t read it?

        ‘For too many of us, it’s become safer to retreat into our own bubbles, whether in our neighborhoods or on college campuses, or places of worship, or especially our social media feeds, surrounded by people who look like us and share the same political outlook and never challenge our assumptions. The rise of naked partisanship, and increasing economic and regional stratification, the splintering of our media into a channel for every taste — all this makes this great sorting seem natural, even inevitable. And increasingly, we become so secure in our bubbles that we start accepting only information, whether it’s true or not, that fits our opinions, instead of basing our opinions on the evidence that is out there.
        And this trend represents a third threat to our democracy. But politics is a battle of ideas. That’s how our democracy was designed. In the course of a healthy debate, we prioritize different goals, and the different means of reaching them. But without some common baseline of facts, without a willingness to admit new information, and concede that your opponent might be making a fair point, and that science and reason matter then we’re going to keep talking past each other, and we’ll make common ground and compromise impossible.
        And isn’t that part of what so often makes politics dispiriting? How can elected officials rage about deficits when we propose to spend money on preschool for kids, but not when we’re cutting taxes for corporations? How do we excuse ethical lapses in our own party, but pounce when the other party does the same thing? It’s not just dishonest, this selective sorting of the facts; it’s self-defeating. Because, as my mother used to tell me, reality has a way of catching up with you’

      • SusanneToo says:

        And what exactly does that have to do with this:

        “If you’d bothered to look, you’d see this thread is about the friendship of Obama and Biden and the richly deserved award that VP Biden received and the comments reflected that. But, of course, on every thread, some sour troll feels the need to jump in and post their diversionary nastiness and this time it was you. You just look silly.”

        Answer: Nothing at all. We were celebrating two not perfect, but very good men, whose administration is probably a thousand times better than what’s coming. You saw fit to interject your little link and I answered you in kind. Then you came back with a totally spurious claim. I’m not bothering with you again since you keep ignoring the point of the paragraph I’ve reprinted several times. Good night.

  61. Shannon says:

    Yup. I just cried. I’m going to miss them so much!!! :( :( :(

  62. sauvage says:

    I heard a warning to and about Pence in there, when Joe Biden said that the VP has no power for good reason. How elegant, how subtle.

    I admire how these two men, Barack Obama and Joe Biden, were able to build that kind of foundation:.that level of mutual trust. That level of mutual openness and honesty. To know that the person you work with so closely will honour your gentlemen’s agreements at all times, must have made all the sh*t coming their way so much more bearable.

    Two adults in such high-ranking positions, really working together. That is way too damn seldom an occurrence in politics, and life. I’m proud of them as human beings.

  63. Cerys says:

    It was a lovely gesture by President Obama. These 2 men are a rarity in politics – honest, good-living and gracious. Even though I am not American I will miss them. The world seems a much darker place now and I am dreading the next 4 years.