Vice President Joe Biden praised first lady Michelle Obama in one of his last media appearances before he leaves office (video below).
“I think Michelle is the finest first lady in history,” Biden told MSNBC. “I mean in history. There have been wonderful first ladies. But, she is so smart. She is so, so decent, and she is so inclusive.”
Biden didn't stop there, adding that he has “love” for both Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama.
“I mean, I can’t -- looking at her, and the whole world looks at her and says, she conveys such a -- she conveys America,” he said. “So, it’s been -- I’m going on too much. But, I really -- I don’t like them, I love them, and it’s a mutual thing.”
The friendly relationship between Biden and Obama has been well-known and was further reiterated on Jan.12 when the president awarded the vice president with the presidential medal of freedom.
“To know Joe Biden is to know love without pretense, service without self-regard, and to live life fully,” Obama said before presenting the award, according to The New York Times.
“I can say I was part of a journey of a remarkable man who did remarkable things for this country,” Biden said about Obama.
“We’ve never had that between a sitting president and a vice president in recent times, one where the friendship and familiarity factor was sky-high,” said Douglas Brinkley, a professor at Rice University and presidential historian, told the Washington Post.
Biden fills “the need for the president to be able to talk out loud about one’s own mind, to be a sounding board,” Brinkley added.