FILE - In this July 5, 2016 photo, President Barack Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, as he returns from Charlotte, N.C. where he participated in a campaign event with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Obama is interrupting his summer vacation to do some campaigning for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee. Obama is slated to headline a Democratic Party reception Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, on Martha's Vineyard, the tony Massachusetts island where he's been vacationing with his family. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama was named the 2017 winner of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Thursday for carrying on his fellow Democrat’s legacy.

“President Kennedy called on a new generation of Americans to give their talents to the service of the country,” Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, said in a statement. “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.”

Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, will present Obama with the award May 7 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

“Humbled to be recognized by a family with a legacy of service,” Obama said in his official Twitter account.

The award is presented annually by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation to public servants who have made courageous decisions of conscience without regard for the personal or professional consequences. It is named for Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Profiles in Courage.” The book tells the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers by taking principled stands for unpopular positions.

“Faced with unrelenting political opposition, President Obama has embodied the definition of courage that my grandfather cites in the opening lines of ‘Profiles in Courage’: grace under pressure,” Schlossberg said. “Throughout his two terms in office, he represented all Americans with decency, integrity, and an unshakeable commitment to the greater good.”

Obama is being recognized for “his enduring commitment to democratic ideals and elevating the standard of political courage in a new century,” the foundation said, citing the expansion of health care options for millions, restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba and leadership on an international climate change agreement.

The award has been given out annually since 1989. Last year’s winner was Democratic Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Obama is the third former U.S. president to earn the award, joining Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. Other winners include U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., former Ukraine President Victor Yushchenko and former U.S. Rep. Carl Elliott Sr., D-Ala.

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7 thoughts on “Barack Obama Named Recipient Of JFK Profile In Courage Award

  1. chris on said:

    First the Nobel prize for doing nothing, now another prize for doing nothing. it took a lot of courage to allow men into the girl’s bathroom and locker rooms.

  2. Really on said:

    Congrats president Obama you will go down as one of the greatest. Already named 12th best only behind 11 dead presidents that ranking will go up just watch. The swamp they have now is turning into a black lagoon.

    • chris on said:

      Diane,
      You’re right I forgot that average family premiums climbed $4800.
      I forgot median household income decreased 7.3% from $56k to $51K.
      I forgot the labor participation rate decreased from 65.7% to 62.7%.
      I forgot the 32% increase in Americans on food stamps.
      I forgot GDP grew less than 3% on average.
      I forgot he added $8 trillion in debt.
      I forgot Obama gave Palestinians $221 million on his last day, while Flint citizens are still drinking sewage.
      I forgot the U.S. Census Bureau said 47.7 million Americans – or 14.8 percent of the population
      I forgot he gave Iran $150 billion to build their nuclear weapons program.
      I forgot his campaign pledge in 2007 “As President, I wont stand for hundreds of thousands of veterans waiting for benefits. We’ll make sure that our disabled vets receive the benefits they deserve.”
      I forgot he hired 12,000 IRS agents to collect the Obamacare tax. He did not hire one more doctor to give you what you paid for.
      I forgot in 2009, the U.S. ranked 6th in economic freedom. Now we are 12th.
      I forgot he saved the auto unions and it cost us only $11.2 billion.

      • Really on said:

        If you think that’s bad just wait til. Thump and the ones in his black lagoon get done you won’t have enough room to write down all you complaints.

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