Last night, former President Barack Obama was honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. Obama was given the award by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy. He used the occasion to encourage people to take political action.
While discussing the current political climate, without mentioning President Donald Trump, the former president said, “At such moments, we need courage to stand up to hate — not just in others, but in ourselves. At such moments, we need courage to believe that together, we can tackle big challenges like inequality and climate change.”
“Courage means not doing what is simply politically expedient but doing what [people] believe in their hearts is right,” he said. “And this kind of courage is required of all of us.”
“That’s often where courage begins: with the story we tell ourselves about our own capacity to make a difference.” —President @BarackObama
— JFK Library (@JFKLibrary) May 8, 2017
Obama also defended his signature healthcare legislation. He lauded the Democrats who first voted for Obamacare, saying, “They had a chance to insure millions. This same vote would likely cost them their new seats and perhaps end their political careers.These men and women did the right thing, the hard thing, and theirs was a profile in courage, and because of that vote, 20 million people got health insurance that didn’t have it before.”
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