Barack Obama has proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he and Joe Biden have the greatest bromance the world has ever seen.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the White House when the President surprised his VP with the US’s highest civilian honour during a farewell ceremony on Thursday.

Stunned Vice President Biden was reduced to tears by the shock announcement, turning from the cameras to dab his eyes.

Obama paid tribute to his "brother" Biden as he presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction.

The outgoing President preempted discussion of the special relationship between the pair as he said: "It also gives the internet one last chance to talk about our bromance."

Speaking to guests gathered in the State Dining Room, Obama continued: "It was eight and a half years ago that I chose Joe to be my vice president.

"There has not been a single moment since that time that I’ve doubted the wisdom of that decision.

"This is an extraordinary man. For the past eight years, he could not have been a more devoted or effective partner in the progress that we’ve made."

Obama said the medal was awarded to Biden "with distinction," a particular honour that has been granted to Pope John Paul II, President Ronald Reagan, and General Colin Powell.

The Medal of Freedom is the highest award a president can bestow on a civilian and it is the only time Obama has bestowed the honour "with distinction."

Struggling to contain his emotions, Biden said: "I had no inkling."

"I get a lot of credit I don’t deserve," he said, proceeding to give a 20-minute impromptu speech thanking Obama and honouring the extended Biden family.

He echoed Obama as he told him: "I’ve never, never, never, never, never, never once doubted on these life and death decisions.

"I never once doubted, that your judgment was flawed."

Humbly accepting the medal, Biden added: "This honour is not only well beyond what I deserve, but it’s a reflection of the extent and generosity of your spirit.

"I don’t deserve this, but I know it came from the President’s heart."

Biden and Obama became the best of friends during their time in the White House.

Biden was a US senator from Delaware when Obama chose him to be his running mate in his 2008 presidential campaign.

The Vice President told an anecdote about Obama offering to help the Bidens financially during Biden’s son Beau’s illness.

Beau Biden died of brain cancer at age 46 in 2015.

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