A Look Back at Obama and Biden's Bromance — and All the Times They Gave Us Friendship Goals

Former president Barack Obama officially endorsed his longstanding pal Joe Biden for the 2020 presidential race on Tuesday

Barack Obama walks with Vice President Joe Biden
Joe Biden and Barack Obama in 2010. Photo: The White House Official Photographer

On Tuesday, former president Barack Obama announced his official endorsement of his two-term vice president, Joe Biden, for president in the 2020 race.

Obama, 58, shared the news that he would be supporting the presumptive Democratic nominee in a video on Twitter.

“Choosing Joe to be my vice president was one of the best decisions I ever made,” he said. “And he became a close friend. And I believe Joe has all the qualities we need in a president right now.”

In light of his endorsement, we’re looking back at Obama and Biden’s special bond — and all the many times they gave us #friendshipgoals over their eight years in office and in the time since.

1. That time Obama made Biden a friendship bracelet

What better way to honor your BFF than with matching friendship bracelets? In a video urging Americans to register to vote in 2016, Obama made “Barack” and “Joe” bracelets to celebrate their “BROTUS.”

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The friendship bracelets made another appearance on social media later that summer when Biden wished his “best friend forever” and “brother” a happy 55th birthday on Twitter:

2. That time Biden brought Obama birthday cupcakes

Did you really think the celebrating would end at a tweet? Biden also surprised the president with birthday cupcakes on his big day.

Did Obama wish for his friendship with Biden to last forever when he blew out the candles? We’d like to think so.

3. That time Obama was delivering a speech and pointed to his bestie in the crowd …

… and of course Biden pointed right back at him — and also threw in a wink.

4. That time Obama and Biden went jogging around the White House together

They did it to promote former First Lady Michelle Obama‘s “Let’s Move” initiative to fight childhood obesity. Anything for love and friendship!

5. That time Obama and Biden high-fived just like any other best buds would

This was after watching Obama’s daughter Sasha and Biden’s granddaughter Maisy play in a basketball game. The Obama-Biden friendship knows no generational bounds.

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Pete Souza

6. That time Biden turned to Obama for fashion advice

Biden’s affinity for aviators is no secret, and in a spoof video about Obama’s post-presidency life released in May 2016, he asked Obama to help him choose between two different pairs of shades.

Unfortunately, when it comes to sunglasses, the president doesn’t seem to have the same attention to detail as his style-conscious veep.

7. That time Obama was there for Biden when he needed him most

After Biden’s son Beau died of brain cancer at 46 in May 2015, the then-president delivered a heartfelt eulogy at his funeral, honoring both father and son by saying, “[Beau] learned how to make everybody else feel like we matter – because his dad taught him that everybody matters.”

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After finishing the eulogy, the president wrapped Biden in a warm hug.

8. That time Obama moved Biden to tears by presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Obama and Biden were both overcome with emotion in January 2017 as Obama paid tribute to his second in command in a surprise ceremony at the White House.

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Calling Biden “the best vice president America has ever had,” “a lion of American history” and a “brother,” Obama capped off the ceremony by awarding Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Biden was moved to tears as he accepted the award and spoke of how Obama stepped in to offer financial help when his late son, Beau, was fighting brain cancer and Biden was considering selling one of the family’s homes to pay for treatment.

“Mr. President, you have crept into our heart, you and your whole family, and you occupy it,” Biden said, adding, “I am indebted to you. I am indebted you and your family.”

9. That time Obama and Biden’s wives teased them over their bromance

As the Obamas prepared to say goodbye to the White House at the end of his term, the BROTUS may have ended — but the bromance has lived on.

Just ask their wives.

RELATED VIDEO: The Bromance Is Real: Barack Obama and Joe Biden ‘Really Love One Another,’ Their Wives Say

“They will find each other,” Michelle Obama joked to PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle and PEOPLE White House correspondent Sandra Sobieraj Westfall in an interview. “They’ll go for long walks, looking into each other’s eyes.”

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REUTERS/Jim Young /Landov

Added Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, with a laugh, “They’re going to be eating ice cream together somewhere, I’m sure.”

10. That time the duo ordered matching sandwiches

The pair may not have always agreed on everything, but when it comes to sandwiches, they’re definitely on the same page.

During a July 2018 outing to Dog Town Bakery, a local Georgetown eatery that supports service-disabled veterans, military spouses and caregivers as they reenter civilian life, Biden and Obama reminded everyone of their long-standing bromance by jovially ordering the same lunch.

11. That time Obama endorsed Biden as the Democratic candidate in the 2020 presidential race

While the announcement was not motivated by their longstanding friendship — as in the 2016 race, Obama once again waited to endorse a candidate until they had become the clear Democratic nominee — Obama still had kind words to say about the presidential hopeful.

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Former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden. Kevin Mazur/Getty ; Gabe Ginsberg/NBC NewsWire via Getty

“He’s someone who’s own life has taught him how to persevere, how to bounce back when you’ve been knocked down,” Obama said of Biden.

“Choosing Joe to be my vice president was one of the best decisions I ever made,” he added. “And he became a close friend. And I believe Joe has all the qualities we need in a president right now.”

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