Former President Obama will return to the national spotlight to accept 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 the 44th president 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,” Schlossberg said in a statement. “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 giving the annual award in 1989 to commemorate Kennedy’s birthday.
Obama will join two other past presidents in receiving this award. George H.W. Bush was honored for breaking a campaign promise by raising taxes in order to deal with a deficit crisis, and Gerald R. 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.
The committee decided this year they would “do something different this year if we could,” foundation selection committee chairman Al Hunt, a Bloomberg columnist, told BuzzFeed News. The committee was in “total agreement” about the decision to select Obama, he added.