On Tuesday, a tearful President Obama bid farewell to the nation with an emotional speech in his hometown of Chicago. Presiding over a roller coaster eight years of highs and lows, one of the few constants throughout Obama’s term has been the reassuring presence of the avuncular, need-for-speed-loving, Joe Biden.

With the pair set to depart The White House in exactly a week’s time, yesterday the Prez decided to surprise his old pal Joe one last time with the Medal of Freedom award, i.e. the highest U.S. civilian honor.

Befitting a bromance as potent as “Jobama,” the medal was awarded with distinction, meaning all-round-good-guy Uncle Joe joins an esteemed rank of names including John F. Kennedy, Pope John XXIII and Lyndon Johnson as one of the few to be bestowed such a privilege. Clearly shocked, the VP struggles to hold back the tears as Obama proclaims him his “brother” and “as good a man as God ever created.” Aww.

Watch the tearful footage above and then have a peruse of the news making today’s headlines in our daily IRL piece.

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