“On key issues throughout his two-term presidency, Obama put policy above politics, leading the United States to extraordinary achievements benefiting humankind for generations to come. Those achievements, such as expanding health security for millions of Americans, restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, and leading a landmark international accord to combat climate change, stand as a monument to political courage in the modern age” (JFK Library Foundation).
The JFK Library Foundation was established in 1963. The goal was to honor those who work in the public service sector, who work under great pressure and put their country’s needs ahead of their own, even if that means risking their job and public opinion. This year’s award celebrate’s the 100th year of President Kennedy’s birth and will be presented by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and her son Jack Schlossberg at the Centennial May Dinner Gala on May 7th. It was announced on March 2nd that this year’s honoree is none other than former President Obama.
It is not every day that a former President is selected as the recipient of the JFK Profile in Courage: “Grace Under Pressure” award. In fact, he is only the third to do so following Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. He was selected for his excellence in enduring challenges, bringing hope to the American people and helping the nation progress in many ways. After learning that he will be receiving the prestigious President Obama tweeted:
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 2, 2017
- JFK Library Foundation: http://bit.ly/2mL2N3w
- Barak H. Obama- http://bit.ly/2lHQ4z7
- Former President Barack H. Obama Announced as Recipient of 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award: http://bit.ly/2naAatS