It’s always a winning season when you are Barack Obama. He might not be in office anymore, and our country is circling the bowl…but his legacy overall is still growing. Even post-presidency Obama is getting awards left and right. The most recent award Barack will be receiving is The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
The award is given to recipients that advocate for human rights. Robert F. Kennedy fought for civil rights while he was a US Senator and attorney general while he was alive. He even did so alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez.
“The idealism of Robert Kennedy – the unfinished legacy that calls us still – is a fundamental belief in the continued perfections of American ideals.”
We are honored to present @BarackObama with our 2018 Ripple of Hope Award. #RFK50 pic.twitter.com/7MEAZ5vwOs
— RFK Human Rights (@RFKHumanRights) August 6, 2018
In the press release, Obama continued to say:
“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.”
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
Obama joins an esteemed community who has received the award previously, including Joe Biden, Hillary and Bill Clinton and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Twitter was quite happy on Barry winning the award.
President Obama, you are very deserving of this award! Congratulations…. Now convince @JoeBiden to run for President!
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) August 6, 2018
Congratulations, President Barack Obama’s! We are so proud of you & for you in reception of this award! You are Yhe Best & we love you!🙏👼🙏💕💙❤️🇺🇸💙
— ricks_doris (@DorusRicks) August 7, 2018
Congratulations President Obama!
Best choice ever! #RFK50
😢Come back Barack!
— andreabakes voted BLUE🌀#TakeItBack (@andreabakes) August 7, 2018
Obama has some time to clear room in his trophy case, the awards ceremony will happy in New York this December.
Now take a look at a recent study done that shows Barack being the most loved President as of right now.
Recently a study was put out by the Pew Research Center, you know the group that you always cited in college. If you hadn’t heard of them for some reason, take a look at their mission statement and then try again to say fake news:
“We generate a foundation of facts that enriches the public dialogue and supports sound decision-making. We are nonprofit, nonpartisan and nonadvocacy. We value independence, objectivity, accuracy, rigor, humility, transparency and innovation.”
So the Pew Research Center conducted this survey this past June with just over 2,000 adults. The overall results were in overwhelming support of President Obama. According to the survey:
“When asked which president has done the best job in their lifetimes, more Americans name Barack Obama than any other president. More than four-in-ten (44%) say Obama is the best or second best president of their lifetimes, compared with about a third who mention Bill Clinton (33%) or Ronald Reagan (32%).”
Donald Trump came in fourth in the survey with 19% of Americans thinking he’s the best President ever. Since we aren’t even halfway through his first term ever we might see that number decline.
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This is pretty normal though. In 2011, Barack Obama was the best president according to 20% of the people surveyed. Bill Clinton was at 49% and Reagan was at 34%. I guess times have changed and those numbers have flip-flopped a little.
Of course the survey participant’s answers had to do with their age as well. Millennials were more likely to name Obama the best President ever with a resounding 62%. Generation X was still high with Obama supporters with 41% of the vote, but Reagan edged him out slightly with a 45%. Baby Boomers followed suit with 42% for Reagan as well.
Last year Barack was also named the “Most Admired Man In The World” for the tenth year in a row in a Gallup poll (you know another reputable source). That will probably make Trump eat a few more cheeseburgers in stress eating. Surprisingly Trump got second in that poll.
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“Obama has now been named the most admired man 10 times, trailing only Dwight Eisenhower, who earned the distinction 12 times. Obama won all eight years he was president, plus 2008 — the year he was first elected — and this year, his first as a former president.”
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