The former president was named a Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope laureate Monday. The award honors those who "work toward a more just and peaceful world." The RFK nonprofit tweeted that it is "honored to present Barack Obama" with the award.
Obama responded that Kennedy was one of his heroes. "Bobby Kennedy was one of my heroes," Obama said, "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."
Obama will officially be presented with the award by Ethel Kennedy in December at the organization's annual gala. Obama infamously was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize just months into his presidency. Obama faced criticism for multiple human rights abuses during his tenure as commander in chief.