Barack Obama was named a Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope laureate Monday.
The award honors those who “work toward a more just and peaceful world.” The RFK nonprofit tweeted that it is “honored to present Barack Obama” with the award.
“Laureates were selected for their exceptional work toward a more just and peaceful world,” the nonprofit organization said in a statement. It cited Obama’s accomplishments as president, as well as his ongoing commitment to “lifting up the next generation of leaders through his work with the Obama Foundation.”
— RFK Human Rights (@RFKHumanRights) August 6, 2018
Receiving the award alongside Obama are Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, and Humana CEO Bruce D. Broussard.
“Bobby Kennedy was one of my heroes,” Obama said in a statement. “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 … 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.”
Obama tweeted that Kennedy was one of his heroes. “Bobby Kennedy was one of my heroes,” Obama said, “He was someone who showed us the power of acting on our ideals, the idea that any of us can be one of the “million different centers of energy and daring” that ultimately combine to change the world for the better.”
Bobby Kennedy was one of my heroes. He was someone who showed us the power of acting on our ideals, the idea that any of us can be one of the “million different centers of energy and daring” that ultimately combine to change the world for the better. https://t.co/nAiPiGercs
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 6, 2018
The Daily Caller reports:
Obama will officially be presented with the award by Ethel Kennedy in December at the organization’s annual gala. Obama infamously was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize just months into his presidency. Obama faced criticism for multiple human rights abuses during his tenure as commander in chief. Obama was criticized harshly for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq and creating a vacuum that was filled by ISIS. He has also been harshly condemned for his embrace of drone warfare. According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Obama killed nearly 1,000 civilians in more than 500 drone strikes during his presidency.
“There were ten times more air strikes in the covert war on terror during President Barack Obama’s presidency than under his predecessor, George W. Bush,” the Bureau report states. “Obama embraced the US drone programme, overseeing more strikes in his first year than Bush carried out during his entire presidency. A total of 563 strikes, largely by drones, targeted Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen during Obama’s two terms, compared to 57 strikes under Bush. Between 384 and 807 civilians were killed in those countries, according to reports logged by the Bureau.”
The news of Obama’s latest award sent eyes rolling.
Lmao! For what, the same reason he won the Nobel? https://t.co/MmJT5ttPzR
— Shane Burt (@Shane_not_Shawn) August 6, 2018
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 6, 2018
— Aurel Ambarus (@luluphoenix) August 6, 2018
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) August 6, 2018
For what , putting Mexican kids in cages and getting away with it? More bombs than bush? Bowing to Saudi leaders ? Giving 5 billion to Iran ?
— bimmergang (@sm64177418) August 6, 2018
As for Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize… Nobel secretary regrets Obama being awarded the peace prize.
The BBC reports:
Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama in 2009 failed to achieve what the committee hoped it would, its ex-secretary has said.
Geir Lundestad told the AP news agency that the committee hoped the award would strengthen Mr Obama.
Instead, the decision was met with criticism in the US. Many argued he had not had any impact worthy of the award.
Mr Lundestad, writing in his memoir, Secretary of Peace, said even Mr Obama himself had been surprised.
“No Nobel Peace Prize ever elicited more attention than the 2009 prize to Barack Obama,” Mr Lundestad writes.
“Even many of Obama’s supporters believed that the prize was a mistake,” he says. “In that sense the committee didn’t achieve what it had hoped for”.
Mr Lundestad served as the committee’s influential, but non-voting, secretary from 1990 to 2015.
He has broken with the tradition of the secretive committee, whose members rarely discuss proceedings.