On Wednesday, President Obama added another prestigious medal to his Nobel Prize collection when he had Defense Secretary Ash Carter award him with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.
Secretary Carter awarded his boss with the medal on January 4 during the Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell Review for the President held at Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia.
Carter insisted that the medal was a token of appreciation for Obama’s service as commander in chief, the Associated Press reported.
After spending the last few weeks throwing roadblocks in the path of President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team, Obama nonetheless claimed in his remarks to the members of the military in attendance that “We’ve got to make sure that during this transition period that there is a seamless passing of the baton, that there’s continuity.”
Along with the AP, CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller also marked the ceremony with a Tweet to his followers.
Here he is getting the award.. he awarded… himself…
Defense Secy Carter presents Pres Obama with Dept of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. pic.twitter.com/a5DihpPRnA
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 4, 2017
Joe Biden broke down in tears on Thursday as Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a surprise farewell ceremony.
The Vice President turned his back to a room full of press and officials to compose himself when it was announced he would receive the medal, the greatest civilian honor in America.
In a glowing tribute to the 74-year-old, President Obama described him as a ‘lion of American history’ and ‘the best Vice President America has ever had’.
Stunned, Vice President Biden took to the podium to admit he had been lured to the event under the belief he was attending a drinks reception.