Obama Praises Wife And Ridicules House Republicans While Accepting JFK Award

Former President Barack Obama was selected to win the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award. The prestigious award is presented to those who have acted in accordance with their conscience, even if it risked their careers or lives, in order to pursue a bigger picture. when the former POTUS accepted the award at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston on Sunday, he gave a beautiful tribute to his wife, Michelle Obama, in his speech.

Mr. Obama's acceptance speech delves a bit into the current state of affairs in Washington, particularly touching on the repeal and replacement of his signature bill, the Affordable Care Act (also known as 'Obamacare'). Namely, he had a message for Republicans.

“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,” he said. “But it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm ― those who often have no access to the corridors of power,” Obama said.

He did turn his attention away from politics in order to lavish praise on former First Lady Michelle Obama.

"I also want to thank Michelle Obama for, after the presidency, sticking with me, because I think she felt an obligation to the country to stay on, but once her official duties were over, it wasn’t clear,” Obama said, drawing laughter from the audience.

“I love my wife and I’m grateful for her, and I do believe that it was America’s great good fortune to have her as first lady,” he added.

Mrs. Obama has not stopped her work on education just because her husband is no longer president. She recently worked with MTV and held a 'College Signing Day' to promote higher education.

“I might not live in the White House anymore, but Barack and I are going to keep on celebrating you all and supporting you and lifting you up no matter what house we live in,” she said on signing day this year," Mrs. Obama said.

Source: Huffington Post
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