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Barack Obama paid tribute to his ‘brother’, Joe Biden, on Tuesday as he gave an emotional farewell speech in Chicago.

Looking back on his eight years in office, the outgoing President paid homage to his wife, his daughters and the American people – but seemed to save a special place in his heart for his VP.

‘To Joe Biden, the scrappy kid from Scranton who became Delaware’s favorite son: you were the first choice I made as a nominee, and the best,’ he said.

‘Not just because you have been a great Vice President, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother.’

It was a moving end to the pair’s professional relationship – and a surprising one, given that the pair once strongly disliked each other.

 

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