President Obama honored Vice President Joe Bidens’ life of public service today by bestowing upon him  the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The medal is the highest award given to a civilian. In given the teary-eyed Biden the medal, Obama called him “my Brother” and said the award is “for faith in your fellow Americans, for love of country and a lifetime of service that will endure through the generation.”

As the medal was given, Obama said it was given with an additional level of veneration, “distinction.” Being given with the level of distinction is an honor only bestowed to three others: Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan and Colin Powell.

If you can’t admire Joe Biden as a person you’ve got a problem,” Obama said, “He’s as good a man as god ever created.”