Barack Obama accepts Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government

Friday, September 7, 2018

Barack Obama accepts Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government

Photo of the presentation of the 2018 Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured from left: U of I System President Timothy L. Killeen; U of I Trustee James Montgomery; President Barack Obama; Jean Taft Douglas Bandler; U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.)

IGPA was honored to have former President Barack Obama accept the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government on Friday, Sept. 7 in Urbana. President Obama is the 28th person to receive the award in its 24-year history (the award has been presented to two people in some years). In his acceptance remarks, Obama said that Paul Douglas "provided a North Star for me in the same way that he provided it for (late Sen.) Paul Simon, in the same way that he provided it for (current Sen.) Dick Durbin. So to have come full circle, having completed my work as an elected official, to receive this award is extraordinarily meaningful." Watch the 18 minute ceremony below (Click the CC for closed captions).

Video by University of Illinois

Obama said he feels that he completed his time in elected office "intact" without compromising his core values and "that we had done things the right way, and that the people who worked with us did it for the right reasons." 

Click here for a press account of the ceremony. Obama also spoke to a crowd of about 1,000 students from across the University of Illinois System at Foellinger Auditorium on the Urbana-Champaign campus encouraging them -- whether Democrat, Republican, Independent or other -- to become involved in the American democracy with their action and, most importantly, with their vote. 

Photo of Barack Obama speaking at the U of I's Foellinger Auditorium on Sept. 7, 2018
photo by L. Brian Stauffer