Mocking John F. Kennedy
Barack Obama is honored for his ‘Profile in Courage’
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation had a momentous announcement on March 2. The foundation would honor Barack Obama, who was off on a shopping excursion with Michelle at the time, with the JFK prize for “elevating the standard of political courage in a new century.”
Mr. Obama’s presidency, the foundation said, “consistently reflected in so many ways, big and small, the definition of courage” articulated by JFK in his Pulitzer Prize-winning 1957 book, “Profiles in Courage.”
So what courageous events in Mr. Obama’s presidency attracted such admiration of the judges? They cited Obamacare, which is now collapsing all around us; his deal with Iran, which preserved the mullahs’ program for developing a nuclear bomb, and returned $150 billion in assets frozen abroad, and his rapprochement with Cuba, for which the United States received nothing in return, not even repatriation of criminal fugitives.
The Profile in Courage award has lost whatever remaining cachet and credibility it had, and dishonors Mr. Kennedy, whose personal courage in combat in the South Pacific during World War II and his political courage in standing up to the Soviet Russians at the nadir of the Cold War, is the stuff of legend (though it was not legend, but real). The prize survives as a trophy awarded to liberals by liberals. The JFK prize now joins the Nobel Peace Prize in Mr. Obama’s umbrella and overshoes closet in his fortified mansion in Kalorama, awarded for doing nothing only 10 months after he was inaugurated.