Obama Set to Receive the JFK Foundation Award

“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).

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A High Regard

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 is uniquely special, because it celebrate’s the 100th year of President Kennedy’s birth. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and her son Jack Schlossberg will present the award this year at the Centennial May Dinner Gala on May 7th. The foundation announced none other than Obama as this year’s honoree on March 2.

Why 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. The committee selected Obama because he has endured many challenges. They acknowledged him for bringing hope to the American people and, as a result, helping our nation progress in many ways. The JFK foundation told Obama he would be receiving the honor, and he consequently sent out this tweet:

Sources:

  • 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

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