Finally, Obama joked about the current trials his administration faces and reinforced his dogged determination.
“I was taking photos with the CBC folks — every one of them came up, said, ‘Oh, you hang in there, man,’ ” Obama said with a smile. “And I said, don’t worry about me. I am still fired up, because I still see the work that needs to be done.”
The Phoenix Awards also honored former President Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Elaine Jones, Rep. Elijah Cummings, former President Bill Clinton, who was unable to attend, and the spirit of 1963, which was acknowledged by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).
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