Even Presidents Need Recognition
Recognition is important no matter who you are.
Published by: Online Rewards Employee Recognition
On this inauguration day, let’s take a moment to celebrate all of our presidents who have taken on the tough job of leading the United States of America.
Recognition is important no matter who you are. Even Presidents need a little appreciation. Here are some interesting ways in which U.S. Presidents have been recognized through the years:
Nobel Peace Prize
The Nobel Peace Prize was established in 1900, in accordance with Alfred Nobel’s will. Each year on the anniversary of his death, December 10th, the Nobel Peace Prize "shall be awarded to those who have done the most or best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."
Presidents (and vice presidents) who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize:
Theodore Roosevelt was the first statesman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906. Teddy Roosevelt also received the Medal of Honor after his charge up San Juan Hill in 1898.
Woodrow Wilson won the honor in 1920 for his efforts in ending World War I and participation in creating the League of Nations.
Jimmy Carter received the prize in 2002, for finding “peaceful solutions to international conflicts, advancing democracy and human rights and promoting economic and social development.” (President Carter was acknowledged with many other awards throughout his career as well.)
Vice President Al Gore was bestowed the honor in 2007 for his efforts to gain and spread knowledge about climate change.
Most recently, Barack Obama received the Nobel in 2009 for his efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation.
The Purple Heart
The Purple Heart is described as the military’s oldest medal. Created in 1872 by George Washington, it was rarely used. General Douglas MacArthur resurrected it in 1932, and it was designed to commemorate bravery. Today, the Purple Heart is awarded exclusively for deaths or injuries sustained in combat.
So far, John F. Kennedy is the only president to have received the Purple Heart, awarded to him on August 2, 1943.
The Pulitzer Prize
The Pulitzer Prize was created in 1917 in accordance with the will of Joseph Pulitzer, a prominent journalist, and recognizes excellence in journalism and the arts. John F. Kennedy is also the only president to have won the Pulitzer Prize in history for his book, Profiles in Courage, in 1957.
Perhaps the most unexpected awards received by U.S. presidents (and presidential candidates) are Grammys - in the "spoken word" categories:
Bill Clinton has won two Grammys: in 2004 for his narration of Peter and the Wolf, (children’s album) and again in 2005 for the narration of his autobiography My Life, which chronicles his life from childhood through his presidency.
Jimmy Carter won his first Grammy in 2007 for the audiobook version of Our Endangered Value: America’s Moral Crisis, and his second in 2015 for the audio version of A Full Life, Reflections at Ninety.
Barack Obama is also a double Grammy winner: first while he was still a senator in 2005 for his audiobook Dreams of My Father (released in 1995 but republished as an audio book in 2006), a narration of his life, and again in 2007 for his book The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.
In today’s world, recognition is more important than ever - for our employees, for our educators and students, and yes, even for the leaders of our country.