Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi continues to be a thorn in the side of Donald Trump. She is frustrating him in Washington, and now it has just been announced that she will receive one of the most prestigious honors in politics — the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
This is sure to drive the president nuts.
According to the official announcement, Pelosi was named to receive the honor “in recognition of her efforts to pass the Affordable Care Act and restore Democrats’ majority in the US House of Representatives during the 2018 elections.”
The Speaker will receive the award during a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
In a statement, Caroline Kennedy said Pelosi “leads with strength, integrity and grace under pressure — using her power to protect the most vulnerable of our citizens.”
“She is the most important woman in American political history and is a true Profile in Courage,” added Kennedy, JFK’s daughter and former US ambassador to Japan under President Barack Obama.
Pelosi said in a statement that she is honored and recalled President Kennedy’s inaugural speech in which he spoke of “the energy, the faith, the devotion . . . to light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.”
“It is inspiring that the award itself is a lantern, a manifestation of that light,” Pelosi said. “That energy, faith and fire have inspired my work in the Congress and as Speaker, and it is my hope that my receiving this award will encourage others to pursue public service, and lead with courage, conviction and conscience.”
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation established the award in 1989 to honor JFK’s “commitment and contribution to public service.”
The honor is named for President Kennedy’s bestselling book, “Profiles in Courage,” in which he described patriotic acts made by eight U.S. senators in the face of hardship and adversity. The book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1957.
Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, plan to personally present Pelosi with the award.
Schlossberg said in a statement that Pelosi governs responsibly:
“She sets a powerful example for a new generation of public servants, proving that politics can still be a noble profession.”
Previous recipients of the award include former president Barack Obama, former U.S. representative Gabrielle Giffords, and Representative John Lewis of Georgia.
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