Matt Lauer: I 'burst out crying' at Biden's Medal of Freedom
Wonder if they'll be so emotional after Trump gives Mattis a metal for wiping ISIS off the face of the Earth?
NBC's Matt Lauer says he was reduced to tears when he watched President Obama surprise Vice President Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday.
"I'm glad there were no cameras in my apartment yesterday because I was just sitting there weeping ... I just burst out crying when I saw that moment. It was incredible,” Lauer, who recently signed a reported $20 million per year contract extension through 2018, said Friday on "Today."
The waterworks were on for Biden himself as well on Thursday when Obama shocked his vice president with the Medal of Freedom. Biden had to turn from the cameras momentarily to compose himself.
NBC News’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, Andrea Mitchell, shared the same sentiment in a report recapping the medal ceremony, saying the friendship between the two men is something “rarely seen” in Washington politics.
"It’s a bond like we've never seen before. At times, more like a White House buddy movie than a political partnership," Mitchell observed.
"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," she continued.
"Biden tweeting a photo of a friendship bracelet on the President’s birthday: 'Happy 55th, Barack! A brother to me, a best friend forever.'”
After the "Today" report, guest co-host Meredith Vieira called the event “so beautiful.”
Mitchell later admitted on MSNBC that the surprise White House event had her "in tears" as well.
“You know, every time I watch this — I'm just watching that ceremony — I was in tears,” the “Andrea Mitchell Reports” host 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.”
Obama and Biden leave office after eight years when President-elect Trump is inaugurated on next Friday.