Former President Barack Obama has received the JFK Profile in Courage Award, and we are excited!
Obama was careful not to talk about President Donald Trump by name as he referenced Trump’s efforts to dismantle much of his signature health care law.
The event was held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. It was among Obama’s first public appearances since leaving office.
‘I hope that current members of Congress recognize it takes little courage to aid those who are already powerful, already comfortable, already influential – but it takes great courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm,’ Obama said as he accepted the JFK Profile in Courage Award.
‘I hope they understand that courage means not simply doing what’s politically expedient, but doing what, deep in our hearts, we know is right.’
Obama focused much of his address on the legacy of President Kennedy.
‘I think she felt an obligation to the country to stay on, but once her official duties were over, it wasn’t clear,’ Obama said as those in the audience laughed. ‘I love my wife, and I’m grateful for her. And I do believe it was American’s great good fortune to have her as America’s first lady.’
Members of the Kennedy family, Michelle Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, members of Congress and celebrities including former late-night talk show host David Letterman were in attendance.
‘Today, when many doubt the integrity of our elected officials, this Award is more important than ever,’ Caroline said as she addressed the crowd.
‘Our winners have shown us that we need to reward courage in our leaders, and require it in ourselves.’
Caroline’s son Jack spoke about Obama ‘Without President Obama; I might still be sitting on my couch eating Doritos and watching sports,’ he said.
‘My life changed in 2008 because a young candidate was fired up and ready to go, and he told me ‘Yes we can’. He showed me and my generation what is possible from our politics, and gave us a new standard of political courage.’