Former US President Obama enjoyed an award-winning career as a statesman. His stint as President of the United States married him to numerous honours and accolades.
The 44th President of the United States already has a Nobel Peace Prize, an NME Award for Hero of the Year, an NAACP Image Award (chairman’s award), another NAACP Image Award for Outstanding literary work and a Grammy award for Best Spoken Word Album. He was also the Time’s Person of the Year in 2008 and 2012.
Another laurel is set to be added to the former President’s brand as yet another award for his political service is imminent. Former US President Obama has been the forthcoming recipient of the coveted John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award.
The former US President who has stayed out of the spotlight (for the most part) since he left office will be thrust into the spotlight once again in May to receive the Profile in Courage award.
The announcement about the award was made by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation on Thursday. In a funny twist, Obama will be receiving the award for his work on policies that President Donald Trump is working to dismantle.
Obama will be recognized for his principled stances on matters like climate change, his expansion of health care under the Affordable Care Act, and his work to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba.
The fact that the former US President Obama will be receiving the award so soon after leaving office is unusual but the Kennedy family and the selection committee agreed that Obama was the logical choice for this year which is the centenary of President Kennedy’s birth. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, said in a statement;
“President Kennedy called on a new generation of Americans to give their talents to the service of the country,”
“With exceptional dignity and courage, President Obama has carried that torch into our own time, providing young people of all backgrounds with an example they can emulate in their own lives.”
John F. Kennedy’ s Profile in Courage award has been presented annually since 1989. The award is named after the late president’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Profiles in Courage”. The book tells the stories of eight US politicians who stood up for their principles even if it meant risking their careers.
The award recognizes politicians of that vein; people who follow their conscience in making similarly controversial decisions and although it is typically awarded for a single act, Obama will be celebrated more broadly for “his enduring commitment to democratic ideals and elevating the standard of political courage in a new century”.
Ms. Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, will present the award on May 7 at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.