Watch President Obama Surprise a Tearful Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

The moment was incredibly emotional.

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With about a week left in his term in the White House, President Obama made sure to thank someone who helped him the entire way: Vice President Joe Biden. On Thursday, he surprised the VP with an event in his honor—and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

President Obama led Biden into a room packed full of his loved ones and supporters, and Biden seemed genuinely surprised to see them there. "I just wanted to get some folks together to pay tribute to somebody who's not only been by my side for the duration of this amazing journey, but somebody who has devoted his entire professional life to service to this country. The best vice president America's ever had, Mr. Joe Biden," Obama said. "This also gives the Internet another chance to talk about our bromance.

After brief remarks paying tribute to Biden, the president announced he was giving him the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. As soon as President Obama announced it, Biden reacted with shock, turned around, and was seen grabbing a tissue to wipe his tears.

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He turned around, shaking his head, and taking a few deep breaths. Biden looked up, then closed his eyes to take in the honor.

The moment spread like wildfire on social media, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Regardless of political ideology, the strength of their bond got everyone emotional.

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Megan Friedman

Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.