Former President Obama will receive the John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” Award on the 100th anniversary of Kennedy’s birth.
Caroline Kennedy, Kennedy’s daughter, and her son, Jack Schlossberg, will present the award to Obama this spring.
“President Obama has embodied the definition of courage that my grandfather cites in the opening lines of ‘Profiles in Courage’: grace under pressure. Throughout his two terms in office, he represented all Americans with decency, integrity, and an unshakeable commitment to the greater good.”
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation began annual award in 1989 to commemorate Kennedy’s birthday.
Obama will be the third president to receive the award. George H.W. Bush was honored for breaking a campaign promise by raising taxes in order to deal with a deficit crisis while Gerald Ford was recognized for his decision to pardon Richard Nixon.
Unlike Ford and Bush, Obama was not chosen to receive the award for a specific decision in office.
Foundation selection committee chairman Al Hunt said they wanted to “do something different this year if we could.” The committee was in “total agreement” about the decision to select Obama, he added.
The event will take place on May 7 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum based in Boston, where Obama will deliver a speech. His speech at the event will be one of the few public appearances Obama has made since leaving office.