In his first since the House voted to repeal and replace Obamacare, former President Barack Obama Sunday night called on members of Congress to be courageous and oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act in a speech at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in Boston, where he received the 2017 JFK Profile in Courage Award.
To say President Obama is a gifted orator is a gross understatement, and his brilliant speech reminded Americans what a true leader sounds like.
Even in the toughest of times, Obama had a way of speaking with a calm and class that is unmatched, especially when compared to the haphazard, emotionally unstable, and nonsensical displays of buffoonery shown by Donald Trump.
As stated by Bipartisan Report:
“The consummate humanitarian, President Obama graciously started his speech by thanking everyone from his beautiful wife, Michelle, and friend and second-in-command, Joe Biden. He then spoke on the legacy of President Kennedy, as well as that of the Kennedy family. Next, he ripped Donald Trump without saying his name or needing to turn the beauty of the night into being about the ugliness of the Trump administration.”
“For many Americans, I know this feels like an uncertain and even perilous time. The forces of globalization and technology have upended our established assumptions about the economy, they’ve provided a great opportunity, but also inequality for far too many.”
Addressing the divisive nature of the Trump administration, President Obama said:
“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.”
Obama also called out the lack of personal and professional courage recently displayed by the Trump administration and House Republicans:
“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.”
Then he delivered these powerful words:
“Any fool can be fearless. Courage, true courage derives from that sense of who we are. What are our best selves.”
Viewers took to Twitter to share their reaction to Obama’s speech:
You can watch President Obama’s full address on YouTube.