In an impressive speech made while accepting his Profile in Courage Award, former President Barack obama dropped some wisdom about courage while defending Obamacare, his signature healthcare bill which is currently under attack and may soon be repealed.
The speech was not impressive merely because Obama brought his usual refined thoughtfulness to the table, it was impressive because the former leader managed to avoid mentioning his successor throughout its 30-minute length.
That was quite the feat considering most of what he said as he recieved the Profile in Courage Award was against recent moves made by President Donald Trump. He made appeals to Congress to save Obamacare while thanking the Kennedy family for the honor.
Here are five gems about courage Obama dropped while accepting his Profile in Courage Award;
- “Our politics remains filled with division and discord, and everywhere we see the risk of falling into the refuge of tribe and clan and anger at those who don’t look like us or have the same surnames or pray the way we do. And at such moments, courage is necessary. “
- “At such moments, we need courage to stand up to hate not just in others but in ourselves. At such moments, we need the courage to stand up to dogma not just in others but in ourselves. At such moments, we need courage to believe that together we can tackle big challenges like inequality and climate change. At such moments, it’s necessary for us to show courage in challenging the status quo and in fighting the good fight but also show the courage to listen to one another and seek common ground and embrace principled compromise”
- “Any fool can be fearless. Courage, true courage, derives from that sense of who we are, what are our best selves, what are our most important commitments, and the belief that we can dig deep and do hard things for the enduring benefit of others.”
- “…it actually doesn’t take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful, already comfortable, already influential. But it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm, those who often have no access to the corridors of power.”
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- “I hope they understand that courage means not simply doing what is politically expedient but doing what they believe deep in their hearts is right. And this kind of courage is required from all of us.”
- “I’ve said before that I believe what Dr. King said, that “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice,” but I’ve also said it does not bend on its own. It bends because we bend it, because we put our hand on that arch, and we move it in the direction of justice and freedom and equality and kindness and generosity. It doesn’t happen on its own..”