Barack Obama To Receive JFK 'Profile In Courage' Award
After returning back to the United States from a much-needed vacation, Barack Obama will now be receiving the Centennial John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award this spring, for a career of “grace under pressure” and “exceptional dignity and courage.”
In a report from BuzzFeed, Obama was selected by a 14-member bipartisan committee at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, with the 44th President of the United States chosen for an “entire life that was really a testament to courage,” according to the committee’s chairman Al Hunt.
Obama will be receiving the award on the special occasion of the 100th anniversary of Kennedy’s birth, with Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, presenting the award. Along with the receiving the honor, Obama will deliver a speech at the centennial event, which will be happening on May 7 at Boston’s John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Obama will be the third president to receive the award. In 2001, Gerald R. Ford was given the award for his 1974 decision to pardon Richard Nixon. In 2014, George H.W. Bush received the award for raising taxes, breaking with his own campaign promise in order to address a deficit crisis.
The former POTUS recently popped up in New York City, where he was greeted by a crowd of fans and supporters outside of a Manhattan office building.
Penguin has published Obama’s previous two bestselling books, Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope.
“We are absolutely thrilled to continue our publishing partnership with President and Mrs. Obama,”Penguin CEO Markus Dohle said in a statement. “With their words and their leadership, they changed the world, and every day, with the books we publish at Penguin Random House, we strive to do the same. Now, we are very much looking forward to working together with President and Mrs. Obama to make each of their books global publishing events of unprecedented scope and significance.”