President Obama receives ‘Profile In Courage Award’
The Profile in Courage Award from the JFK Presidential Library goes to public figures emulating the courage described in President Kennedy’s book, Profiles in Courage.
President Barack Obama Profile In Courage Award Ceremony, May 7, 2017. Photo: YouTube/JFK Library
JFK’s grandson to present President Obama with ‘Profile In Courage Award’
COMPTON — President John F. Kennedy’s only grandson, Jack Schlossberg, entered the national spotlight Friday, promoting the Profile in Courage Award ceremony in Boston on Sunday. Schlossberg announced 44th president Barack Obama will receive the prize, the Compton Herald has learned.
Western Journalism reports that Schlossberg appeared alongside his mother, JFK’s only surviving child, former Japanese Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, and his father, exhibit designer Edwin Schlossberg, on NBC’s Today Friday morning.
The Profile in Courage Award is an award granted by the JFK Presidential Library to public figures who emulate the courage described in Kennedy’s book, Profiles in Courage.
Schlossberg, 24, was a member of the committee that voted to pick Obama for this year’s recipient of the award. He said he was “inspired by Obama’s vision for America and all the promises he laid out for our country” during the 2008 presidential campaign, according to Western Journalism.
Schlossberg and his mother will present Obama with the award Sunday for his role in passing Obamacare, restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba, and his efforts to combat global climate change.
“This award recognizes that he made tough choices over the last eight years to execute on a vision, to give people health care, to get serious about climate change, and to reach out to international partners and really improve America’s standing in the world. That takes political courage,” Western Journalism quoted Schlossberg on Friday.
JFK’s grandson issued veiled criticism against President Donald Trump without mentioning him by name.
“I think we’re seeing today that it’s pretty easy to criticize without offering solutions,” Schlossberg said. “President Obama did not do that. He had the courage to govern responsibly.”
His mother, Caroline Kennedy, said she was “thrilled” by the choice to grant the 2017 Profile in Courage award to Obama.
“There are many kinds of courage that [Obama] demonstrated,” throughout his presidency, she said.
Caroline Kennedy served as the ambassador to Japan during Obama’s second term. Now that she’s returned to private life, speculation is rife that she has plans to run for political office. She declined to comment when asked about her future ambitions.
Schlossberg graduated from Yale University in 2015 and is about to attend Harvard Law School.