Obama receives Robert F. Kennedy human rights award

Former President Barack Obama was honored as a  Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope laureate in a ceremony Wednesday night.

Obama was presented the award by the organization’s president and RFK’s daughter, Kerry Kennedy, at a gala in Manhattan, according to The Associated Press.

In his remarks, the former president joked that receiving the honor officially validated his “hope credentials.”

{mosads}“I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but I’ve been on this hope kick for a while now,” he said, according to the AP. “Even ran a couple of campaigns on it.”

“If we summon our best selves, we can inspire others to do the same,” Obama said. “It’s easy to succumb to cynicism, the notion that hope is a fool’s game.”

“When our leaders are content on making up whatever facts they want, a lot of people have begun to doubt the notion of common ground,” he added. “Bobby Kennedy’s life reminds us to reject such cynicism.”

The award, which has also been given to former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Bono, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), former Vice President Joe Biden and actor Robert De Niro, honors global leaders for “their exceptional work toward a more just and peaceful world.”

Other laureates honored at this year’s ceremony were Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav, Humana CEO Bruce Broussard and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D).

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