NBC’s host of “The Today Show” Matt Lauer confessed Friday that he was so overcome with emotion that he “just burst out crying” when President Obama surprised Vice President Joe Biden by awarding him the Medal of Freedom Thursday.
As Lauer recounted the event, he proclaimed there was “something special in Washington yesterday.” When Lauer watched Obama surprise Biden with the Medal of Freedom, he said it was a good thing that there were no cameras nearby to capture the moment.
“I just burst out crying when I saw that moment. It was incredible.”
“So I’m glad there were no cameras in my apartment yesterday because I was just sitting there weeping,” Lauer gushed. “I just burst out crying when I saw that moment. It was incredible.”
As it turned out, Lauer was not alone in his show of emotion. Andrea Mitchell, NBC News’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, admitted on MSNBC that she, too, was “in tears.”
“You know, every time I watch this — I’m just watching that ceremony — I was in tears,” Mitchell said. “We are seeing so much dissension and disruption in Washington and around the country and to see this relationship, this partnership pretty seamless on policy, if they had disputes, they were over their, you know, little lunches and breakfasts that we didn’t see.”
Biden himself couldn’t handle the emotions the recognition stirred up within himself. When Obama announced at the podium he would be awarding Biden the Medal of Freedom, the vice president was forced to turn his back to the cameras for a moment to compose himself and wipe away tears.
“It’s a bond like we’ve never seen before. At times, more like a White House buddy movie than a political partnership,” Mitchell said of Obama’s and Biden’s relationship.
“After eight years, the Bidens and Obamas forging a friendship so close they consider themselves family … Their friendship often reaching a fever pitch on social media,” Mitchell added, noting that Biden even tweeted a photo of two friendship bracelets inscribed with”Barack” and “Joe” on the President’s birthday.
“Happy 55th, Barack! A brother to me, a best friend forever,” Biden had tweeted.
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It’s no secret that the liberal elites and mainstream media have been fawning over Obama and Biden as the two prepare to hand over the reins to President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence in less than a week.
When Obama delivered his farewell address in Chicago Tuesday, the media gushed over the event.
“It was an emotional night last night in Chicago. President Obama saying good bye while also facing a legacy that’s in jeopardy,” correspondent Kristen Welker said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today,” before noting that Obama was “returning to his adopted hometown of Chicago and bidding a final farewell to an electrified crowd and a divided nation.”
Because the mainstream media often seem to refer fondly to the Obama Administration, their consternation about that “divided nation” under Trump’s leadership also shows itself quite clearly.