Former President Barack Obama received Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Family, a few days after House Republicans won passage of a bill.
Barrack Obama and her wife, Michelle Obama, arrived at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum for the ceremony of acceptance the annual Profile in Courage Award, named for a 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Kennedy.
He refrained from weighing in in the bitter healthcare battle. However, he broke his silence when he received the award and uttered his speech.
“I hope that current members of Congress recall that it actually doesn’t take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful, already comfortable, already influential. But it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm.”
He even said words of caution for the Senate members that will be taking up the repeal-and-replace plan.
“I hope they understand that courage means not simply doing what is simply politically expedient, but doing what [people] believe in their hearts is right.”
Obama is not the first U.S. President however who received the Profile in Courage Award. The previous recipients to receive the same award were Republican Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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