Obama to receive JFK Library's 'Profile in Courage' award

Barack Obama has a long history of well...making history. In May, however, he will be invited back into the spotlight to receive an award for his political service.

Former President Barack Obama has been named the 2017 "Profile in Courage" award honoree by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

In a tweet, Obama said he was "humbled to be recognised by a family with a legacy of service". In 2001, Gerald R. Ford was given the award for his 1974 decision to pardon Richard Nixon. It is given to a public official or group of public servants from any level of government annually "whose actions demonstrate the qualities of politically courageous leadership in the spirit of 'Profiles in Courage, ' President Kennedy's 1957 Pulitzer prize-winning book". The award is given to politicians who follow their conscience in making similarly controversial decisions and is typically awarded for a single act.

The foundation also said Mr Obama was being recognised for "enduring commitment to democratic ideals and elevating the standard of political courage in a new century".

But why is Obama being recognized so much sooner after leaving office than other presidents?

Obama isn't the first United States ex-President to be honoured by this award that celebrates leaders who stand up to political opponents. Dannel Malloy was honored previous year.

Mr Kennedy's daughter Caroline Kennedy and her son Jack Schlossberg will hand over the trophy, which is a sterling silver lantern designed by Ms Kennedy's husband, on 7 May at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. This spring, Obama will be rewarded for a career of "grace under pressure" and "exceptional dignity and courage", reported Buzzfeed.

  • Leroy Wright