Monday, May 08, 2017

While accepting a Profile in Courage award, Barack Obama calls on the American people to "stand up to hate."

Courtesy of NBC News:  

"For many Americans, I know that this feels like an uncertain and perilous time," Obama — accompanied by his wife, Michelle Obama, and former Vice President Joe Biden — said in accepting the annual Profile in Courage award at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

"Our politics remains filled with division and discord," Obama said just days after House Republicans won passage of a bill that would dismantle much of his signature health care law."At such moments, courage is necessary," he said. 

"At such moments, we need courage to stand up to hate, not just in others, but in ourselves. At such moments, we need courage to stand up to dogma, not just in others, but in ourselves. ... 

"Courage means not doing what is simply politically expedient but doing what [people] believe in their hearts is right," he said. "And this kind of courage is required of all of us."

Here is video of Obama's entire speech.

I would like the last man whom I recognize as my President to know that I try everyday to follow this advice.

I try everyday to not allow my anger to get the better of me.

I try everyday to remain optimistic.

I try everyday to be a good example to others.

But it is harder now than it has ever been before.

Which I guess is why we need to find the courage to keep moving forward, to keep fighting for progress, to keep fighting for equality, and to keep fighting for a peaceful world.

I will just continue to keep in mind that if Barack Obama could remain positive through eight years of the most aggressive disrespect we have ever seen directed at a sitting President, and still keep fighting for all of us without caring that it would only attract even more anger and vitriol, then how could I do any less?


  1. Anonymous1:15 PM

    Thank You Jesse.
    Thank You past President Obama
    'A Beacon of Hope'

  2. Anonymous1:38 PM

    Much as I admire and miss President Obama's presence in the White House, I must say that, anymore I don't worry about possibly insulting Trump supporters with my obvious liberal "bias." They have no problem exposing their right-wing "bias" all of the time. And now that the GOP has seriously messed with the availability of adequate medical care for most Americans, I am even less inclined to give any Trump supporters the benefit of any doubt in any matter.

  3. Anonymous1:49 PM

    Thank you, IM. I try to do the same things, but find it difficult. Especially love seeing President Obama on the scene. He's positive, caring and kind.

    Too bad we can't say the same for the current potus who is a complete disaster!

  4. Anonymous2:10 PM

    Posted Again>

  5. Anonymous2:19 PM

    Kushner sister uses her brother to help boost kushner properties.
    Hmm who's to say gangster wrappers are next to sell visas to sell properties. Kkardash make more millions.

    1. Anonymous3:45 PM

      How Trump is NOT liable for impeachment is beyond me. He and his family are benefiting financially from his new position - he's not a leader - is a joke to the country and world.

      Can hardly wait to see him demoted and never heard from again!

  6. Anonymous2:25 PM Bay has arrived per Bristol instagram.

  7. Anonymous2:25 PM Bay has arrived per Bristol instagram.

  8. Anonymous2:36 PM

    O/T I see on Dakota's insta that Bristol has dropped the lastest of her brood. Atlee Bay.

    1. Anonymous3:02 PM

      Women have babies every day.
      Big whoop.

    2. Serror3:19 PM

      Start the countdown to another bun in the oven!

    3. Anonymous3:44 PM

      Who really cares that Bristol had another kid. Another pox upon the earth - a Palin!!! Poor kid!

  9. Anonymous3:24 PM

    When he walked to the podium and started taking about the sacrifices the Kennedy family had made I started crying. I thought of how he and the Kennedy's thought politics a call to help people and improve lives. I think of what politics in the GOP have sunk to and Iam sickened and disillusioned.

  10. Anonymous3:36 PM

    And not only did he fight for what was right and to try bettering this country and world those eight years, but he's since had to stand back and watch that jealous fat boy in the White House dismantle his accomplishments one by one, and yet BO retains his grace and integrity.

  11. Anonymous5:52 PM

    Whereas, Trump encourages us to "Go forth and hate."

  12. Anonymous10:33 PM


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