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Video: President Obama quotes Yeats as he awards a tearful Joe Biden with Presidential Medal of Freedom

US President Barack Obama surprised Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday by awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction in an emotional White House ceremony that celebrated their partnership over eight years in office.

He joked that he couldn't use Seamus Heaney because Biden often looks to the Co Londonderry poet for speeches.

Instead he used a line from Yeats' poem The Municipal Gallery Revisisted.

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