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Obama To Receive JFK Award For His ‘Courage, Decency, And Integrity’

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Obama To Receive JFK Award For His ‘Courage, Decency, And Integrity’

President Barrack Obama will be coming back to the spotlight this spring to receive the John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” Award on the 100th anniversary of Kennedy’s birth.

The award, that is presented every year since 1989 to honor Kennedy’s birthday, will be presented this spring by Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, and her son, Jack Schlossberg.

Schlossberg spoke about Obama’s representation of courage and also had some very nice words to say about the former president.

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

Obama is just the third president to receive that award. The other two were George Bush Senior and Gerald Ford. Bush received it for breaking a campaign promise by raising taxes in order to deal with a deficit crisis. Ford on the other hand received it for his decision to pardon Richard Nixon.

But now, unlike the past two presidents to receive the award, Obama was not chosen for doing something specific in office.

In fact, the committee decided to do something different this year. The foundation selection committee chairman Al Hunt, a Bloomberg columnist, told to BuzzFeed News that the committee was in “total agreement” about the decision to select Obama.

Expect to see Obama giving a speech on May 7th at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum based in Boston, where he will receive his award.

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