Written by: Andrew Kerr
President John F. Kennedy’s only grandson, Jack Schlossberg, entered the national spotlight Friday, promoting the Profile in Courage Award ceremony in Boston on Sunday, when former President Barack Obama will receive the prize.
Schlossberg appeared alongside his mother, JFK’s only surviving child, former Japanese Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, and his father, exhibit designer Edwin Schlossberg, on NBC’s Today Friday morning.
The Profile in Courage Award is an award granted by the JFK Presidential Library to public figures who emulate the courage described in Kennedy’s book, Profiles in Courage.
Schlossberg, 24, was a member of the committee that voted to pick Obama for this year’s recipient of the award. He said he was “inspired by Obama’s vision for America and all the promises he laid out for our country” during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Schlossberg and his mother will present Obama with the award Sunday for his role in passing Obamacare, restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba, and his efforts to combat global climate change.
“This award recognizes that he made tough choices over the last eight years to execute on a vision, to give people health care, to get serious about climate change, and to reach out to international partners and really improve America’s standing in the world,” Schlossberg said Friday.