Barack Obama has been adored by millions since the minute he stepped into the public eye as candidate for the presidency of the United States in 2007. According to CNN, “Obama — whose first name comes from the Swahili word for ‘one who is blessed’ — has not let the color of skin hinder his career.”
He worked tirelessly as our fearless commander in chief for 8 long years, a stretch of time so stressful that it caused the young, vibrant, dark-haired leader to turn grey seemingly overnight. Not only was he faced with the obstacle of fixing everything his predecessor George W. Bush had done to the economy, but he was faced with disgusting attacks by what became known as “The Tea Party,” a derelict group of Republicans too vile to mingle with the Republicans who still liked their moral facades.
From images of his children illustrated as monkeys, to Obama mannequins strung up by their necks in town centers, to attacks calling his beloved and peaceful wife a man, Barack Obama continued to do what was best for the majority of Americans, as well as our foreign allies, with whom he formed unbreakable bonds.
Now, the legendary POTUS is receiving an esteemed award, and an award that no president has ever received. The frenzy was so insane; the announcement has taken the media by storm, and will certainly lead to a hateful tweet by the current president later.
The Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Organization is recognizing the 44th president of the United States, according to their website:
“Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights today announced its 2018 Ripple of Hope laureates: 44th President of the United States Barack Obama, Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and Humana CEO Bruce D. Broussard. Laureates were selected for their exceptional work toward a more just and peaceful world.”
The website also says:
“Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights founder Ethel Kennedy will award the Laureates during the annual Ripple of Hope Gala at the New York Hilton Midtown on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.”
— RFK Human Rights (@RFKHumanRights) August 6, 2018
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights President and son of Robert F. Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, released the following statement about the award and its nominees:
“My father believed; ‘Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope,” said Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights President Kerry Kennedy. “On the 50th anniversary of his historic campaign for the White House, we honor laureates who have sent forth countless ripples of hope to millions of people inspired by their example.”
“For a half-century, the legacy of Robert F. Kennedy has been a model for public service based on the simple premise that our highest calling is to leave is a more understanding and inclusive world for future generations,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “This is exactly the New Jersey I am working to create – a state that is strong and fair, which welcomes and embraces diversity, and ensures greater educational and economic opportunities for all. To have these efforts recognized, and linked to the legacy of Senator Kennedy, one of my personal heroes, is a tremendous honor.”
This is a huge deal for Obama, who has publicly admired Robert F. Kennedy, calling him one of his heroes. Obama said this about his award’s namesake:
“Bobby Kennedy was one of my heroes. I first got into public service because I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself, believing that my own salvation was bound up with the salvation of others. That’s something he expressed far better than I ever could when he talked about the power that comes from acting on our ideals, those ripples of hope that can ‘sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.’ That’s what I’m determined to help inspire and cultivate over the rest of my career – the idea that anybody can be one of the millions of acts of conscience and voices raised against injustice, the idea that anybody can be one of the ‘million different centers of energy and daring’ who, like Bobby Kennedy, have always changed the world for the better.”