Profile In Courage: President Barack Obama

Live here at 8:30PM EDT. Coverage also begins at 8PM EDT on MSNBC


169 Responses to “Profile In Courage: President Barack Obama”

  1. May 7, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    An award soooooooooo deserved!!!!

  2. 2 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks Nerdy for posting the livestream! Will tune in at 8:30. πŸ™‚

    Congrats swbluega on #1!

    • 3 vcprezofan2
      May 7, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Hello there, Ms Hf2! I’ll be tuning in with you at 8:30 as I only wish to hear the actual ceremony and not the rambling pundit/s.

      • 4 hopefruit2
        May 7, 2017 at 8:20 pm

        Brava vc! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      • 5 GGail
        May 7, 2017 at 8:25 pm

        Great to have you with us vc πŸ™‚

        • 6 vcprezofan2
          May 7, 2017 at 8:29 pm

          Hi there, gurl chile! I saw where you and the western ladies were in celebration mode earlier. Good for you all!
          Doesn’t this gathering to see our PBO being acknowledged feel like a happy familiar, family gathering? I actually miss the WH.Gov link though, as it was always the one I preferred to use.

          • 7 GGail
            May 7, 2017 at 8:35 pm

            It’s comforting to be able to gather together with family to watch our favorite American President. So happy you’re here {{{hugs}}}

            Yes, we had a good time celebrating Tally’s birthday and then we had a celebratory bottle of the bubbly when I read that Macron won!

          • May 7, 2017 at 8:52 pm

            hey VCCCCCCCCCCCC…wavin….how are you and your son are doing good

            • 11 vcprezofan2
              May 7, 2017 at 8:58 pm

              Hello, Miss S, I’m as fine as fine can be! After not seeing Offspring since Christmas, he dropped in for a day (seeming fine too) then took off for a month to Montreal. These days, I almost have to make an appointment to get a little of the “lad’s” attention.

          • May 7, 2017 at 9:21 pm

            Hello there vc. Happy you are here with us.

  3. 17 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2017 at 8:11 pm

  4. 18 symmetry11
    May 7, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    I am feeling some kind of way right now. I am tearful and he has not even been seen yet.

  5. May 7, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I like President Obama wearing the bow tie.

  6. 25 WhenPamelaWandered
    May 7, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    W/MP~W, checking in .. Will watch the presentation on iPad, follow thread on iPhone. Sigh. I so love technology (when it works)! β€οΈπŸ™πŸΌ

  7. 28 Betsy
    May 7, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Can’t wait to see it.

  8. 29 idon
    May 7, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    I know I’m gonna cry because President John F Kennedy’s ONLY grandson, JOhn Kennedy Schlossberg is going to present the Profile in Courage Award to the first African American president, president Barack Obama. I’m beside myself with emotion and love.

  9. 30 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    • 31 GGail
      May 7, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      This outward show of affection for PBO must really make the impostor mad and ill. And this knowledge makes me happy πŸ˜€

      • 32 jacquelineoboomer
        May 7, 2017 at 8:53 pm

        Me, too, honey bunch. And I love how in that tweet, all that was needed to be said was “Scores of people gathered,” because the Obama crowd has filled whole cities and parks with people who have come out to see him over the years … no sense countin’ them one by one. ❀

    • May 7, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Love this outpouring of love and appreciation for our Forever Prez44.

  10. 34 whenpamelawandered
    May 7, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Is it late to start?

  11. 35 arapaho415
    May 7, 2017 at 8:38 pm


    Thank you, NerdyW., thank you John F. Kennedy Profile In Courage Award, for livestreaming, which is starting now. πŸ˜€

  12. 36 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2017 at 8:47 pm

  13. 39 jacquelineoboomer
    May 7, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I don’t even care if this was posted already, I’m posting it again. Ha.

  14. 40 whenpamelawandered
    May 7, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    My Mommy would be turning 100 a month from today – she’s was always so proud to have her b’day near to JFK’s! Stroppy littleIrish lass from Jersey City πŸŒƒ ❀️

  15. 43 GGAIL
    May 7, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    I love James Taylor’s voice

  16. 44 mtmarilyn
    May 7, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I love listening to James Taylor and then here ou great President Obama speak. I watched Southside with You again this afternoon. So inspirational.

  17. 46 Wanda N VA 4Obama
    May 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    I’m here to watch our PBO receive his award. I’m going to try not to cry.

  18. 48 GGail
    May 7, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Just beautiful. Thank you James Taylor!

  19. 49 whenpamelawandered
    May 7, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Oh. I. Am.In.Tears.

  20. 50 sherijr
    May 7, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Well I’m late to the party as usual.

  21. 51 GGAIL
    May 7, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Good lord! Is David Letterman planning to play St Nick as his next gig? Look at that beard 😲

  22. 53 jacquelineoboomer
    May 7, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I think our President is deeply moved. As am I.

  23. 54 GGAIL
    May 7, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Dammit, I’m crying

  24. 57 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    My president has a loud voice πŸ™‚

  25. 58 whenpamelawandered
    May 7, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    I hereby declare President Barack Hussein Obama for being the best looking president – Ever.

  26. 61 jacquelineoboomer
    May 7, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Our President looks hot. I mean you know what I’m saying is like the temperature in that room is warm. πŸ™‚

  27. 65 GGAIL
    May 7, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    PBO sure can pen some words together that make you think and to visualize what he says.

  28. 67 whenpamelawandered
    May 7, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Flag pin πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

  29. 68 GGAIL
    May 7, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    We each have our own responsibility and can’t rely on others and become cynical when they let us down.

  30. 70 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I’m having thoughts. All kinds of thoughts.

  31. May 7, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Progress is Fragile!!!

  32. 72 GGAIL
    May 7, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Still has to work the rope line. He is so loved!

  33. 73 sherijr
    May 7, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    So much wisdom and reason, I am so very grateful for him.

  34. 74 GGAIL
    May 7, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    A Gazillion thanks NW for letting us gather once again around to see & hear our Forever President ❀️

  35. 76 whenpamelawandered
    May 7, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Sigh. We are so blessed that we saw, we heard, we knew, and are smart enough to walk beside him. God Bless Michelle Obama, a truly wonderful, beautiful, and compassionate woman. These are the best among us.

  36. May 7, 2017 at 9:51 pm


  37. May 7, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I loved when he gave tribute to VPJoe Biden…and when he said….”I Love My Wife”…i got weepy at that

  38. 81 CEB
    May 7, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Our 44ever president delivers again; he is an international treasure. He went there in his usual manner. Rethug heads will be exploding, the talking heads giving their useless opinions, and the First Clown will be fuming and tweeting.

    • 82 CEB
      May 7, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      And as usual, he did not make it about him, it is all about us and others who have shown courage in our daily lives. As usual, he talked about the sacrifices others made in choosing to do the right thing even when they could lose their positions and cited those who voted for the ACA and were voted out of office. He also reminded us that progress only happens through our actions, the arc of the moral universe bends because we exert energy to make it happen and that progress is fragile. In our fight for justice and equality, we will often lose, but we must fight on. These and other things he said will strengthen us as we fight for our republic. I hope that there will be a transcript of his speech available for downloading later.
      t was so good to see our family again.

      • May 7, 2017 at 10:20 pm

        CEB, you said exactly what I was about to write. He did not make the speech about him.Rather, he acknowledged
        all the people who sacrificed their jobs and careers. I need not go on because you expressed it so well. Thanks.

  39. 84 Judith Fardig
    May 7, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Well deserved honor, accepted with trademark humility and grace by our beloved President. It was pure joy to share this evening.

  40. 85 idon
    May 7, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    I loved his PiC speech because it defined the standard we should use in evaluating a person running for office – low or high. They must have the heart and courage of a PUBLIC SERVANT.

  41. 86 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    The line I will remember the most, “Any fool can be fearless.” Oh boy! Don’t I know that.

    The fools that are playing with people’s healthcare.
    The fools that refuse to believe in science, or in climate change.

  42. 87 mtmarilyn
    May 7, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Listened for a few minutes to the pundits on MSNBC and have now turned it

    • May 7, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      they treat everything like it is a tennis match…what is the point of having GOP pundits to question the validity and integrity of Pres Obama’s speech…

      • 89 mtmarilyn
        May 7, 2017 at 10:17 pm

        I agree, they treat our lives like a game. That is the first time since November I had listened to MSNBC. It’ll be the last till Obama speaks again. I can’t handle these pundits anymore.

  43. May 7, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Did you listen to our President tonight? That’s still my President, and our First Lady, she look lovely as always. I miss them being in the White House, what’s in their now can not compare.

  44. 93 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2017 at 9:54 pm

  45. May 7, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Laughed when he said he didn’t know if Michelle was going to stick with him after her time as Flotus was up.

    • 99 MadameSoph
      May 7, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      That hair! That dress! Those earrings! Forever FLOTUS looking maybe her most stunning ever!

  46. 100 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2017 at 9:57 pm

  47. 101 sherijr
    May 7, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    If he was anyone else- he easily could have spoken about his accomplishments… his courage, even under the guise of just speaking of the obstacles he and his admin overcame. And yet.. he is President Barack Obama- and thus gave us more lessons in our own courage and the courage of others.. how we control the destiny of America. How we have to work at it… all said with such wisdom.. and courage… and the knowing that we have what it takes. And to remind us of JFK and his aspirations for America, his belief that we had imperfections that we could and must fix to be a better society.

    We’ve taken steps backward, we all know it… but tonight I feel like if we continue to be active, there is hope. Thank you President Obama. You always clarify so very much for us.

  48. 106 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2017 at 9:59 pm

  49. 107 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Yes…I’m just so emotional right now…

  50. May 7, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Lord, this man, this man. How I miss him, but his speech said it all: “progress is fragile.” It is up to us, now. How did we ever replace a gift like this with the mess we now haveπŸ€’? I am feeling all kinds of things right now, starting with a great lump in my throat.

  51. May 7, 2017 at 10:01 pm

  52. 111 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2017 at 10:02 pm

  53. 114 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    • 115 No Child Left Behind
      May 7, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Correction 1: Republicans are high-risk.

      Correction 2: Republicans are ridiculous.

  54. 116 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Oh my this picture needs to be front-paged!! Thanks Vet24, and paging NW… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  55. 120 carolyn
    May 7, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    It was so wonderful to see and hear him speak again! He said what so many of us have been thinking and saying, and he says it so gracefully and eloquently. I just want him to be president of the world………I love John Favreau’s tweet…….”angry and sad” yes. But so good to know he is not hiding away…….he is with us.

  56. 122 JER
    May 7, 2017 at 10:04 pm

  57. 125 MadameSoph
    May 7, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    That was wonderful!

    First of all, our Forever FLOTUS looked STUNNING!!! That hair! That dress! Her look for this event may be one of my all-time favorites!

    President Obama looked gorgeous too, and I soaked up every word of his speech. He is not playing. He wants us to know this is serious, in case we (or the press who will be reporting on this) get too caught up in horse-race bullshit and the circus of ineptitude, corruption and cruelty that is the current administration and congress. I couldn’t help notice Mrs. Obama’s face when he was speaking; she is worried like we all are. Like PBO, I have faith that we can get through this, but I am glad he did not end on a light note. I am glad he spoke with the firmness and seriousness that the present state of our union and the world requires. If Macron had lost, I would have been despondent, but I feel hope now, especially after watching and hearing Forever POTUS.

    I missed the beginning; came in during “Fire and Rain” so I will go back and catch the opening and Stefanie Cutter’s remarks on the JFK Library YouTube channel later.

    Love to all my TODers; thanks to Nerdy and Happy BDay (belated?) to Tally!

    Hearing of the French election results, watching that ceremony and hearing from our FPOTUS and seeing all of those like-minded people of influence helped me to remember that we are not alone. As PBO reminded us, we cannot sleep, but I think we will ultimately be o.k.

  58. May 7, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Sen Warren who once again questioned the integrity of Pres Obama attended the JFK Profiles in Courage award ceremony for Pres Obama …the hypocrisy of it all is stunning

  59. 138 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    I couldn’t agree more!

  60. May 7, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    I posted on Facebook that I feel like I can breathe again even if just for these few minutes. All of you have expressed perfectly what I feel. Thanks to everyone. NW, bless you for keeping the doors open!

    Oh, have to add this: Hillary Clinton retweeted one of my tweets. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ #SallyYatesIsAPatriot.

  61. May 7, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    These folks irritate me so much…..

  62. 147 Judith Fardig
    May 7, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    • 148 jacquelineoboomer
      May 7, 2017 at 10:25 pm

      Judith – You are everywhere! (I’m surprised you weren’t at the Profiles in Courage event tonight!) WTG and keep up the great work.

  63. 149 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2017 at 10:22 pm


    All fools are fearless. So much so, they believe the first charlatan or demagogue from around the corner.

  64. May 7, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I MISS HIM!!!

    Between this and watching Southside With You yesterday..

    I miss 44 and Forever FLOTUS!!

  65. 153 amk for kenyan
    May 7, 2017 at 10:31 pm


  66. May 7, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    OMG, it’s come to this:

    • May 7, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you sir for your vision and encouragement for the scientists. Your win today puts new wings on my spirit.

    • 167 CEB
      May 7, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      Only 6 months ago this was the message the U S sent. The worst of the worst are now in position to destroy everything that makes life meaningful. We are becoming a 3rd rate nation even faster than I originally thought.

    • 168 GGAIL
      May 7, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      Oh Wow. I’m tempted, but, I can’t leave Barack and Michelle.

  67. 169 HZ
    May 7, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Love PBO so much. Always a joy to here him speak. We were so bless to have him as our POTUS.’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸŒΊπŸŒΊπŸŒΊπŸŒΊπŸŠπŸΈπŸΈπŸ€πŸ€HZ

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