For the second time in less than one month President Obama has delivered an emotional eulogy before the entire country. On June 6, it was for Vice President Joe Biden’s son. Today, President Obama delivered the eulogy for the funeral services of Reverend Clementa Pinckney who was killed during the Charleston, South Carolina bible study massacre. What many people may not know is that Reverend Pinckney was a personal friend of President Obama’s and he supported the President when he was campaigning. Pinckney also previously attended prayer breakfast with Vice President Joe Biden.
We are here today to remember a man of God who lived by faith, a man who believed in things not seen. A man who believed there were better days ahead, off in the distance. A man of service who persevered knowing full well he would not receive all those things he was promised, because he believed his efforts would provide a better life for those who followed.
He went on further to discuss and acknowledge that the confederate flag itself did not cause the murders of the nine people attending the bible study that day but rather that the deranged young shooter was hell-bent to “kill black people.” During the eulogy the President addresses racial tensions associated with the confederate flag:
By taking down that flag, we express God’s grace. But I don’t think God wants us to stop there. For too long, we’ve been blind to the way past injustices continue to shape the present. Perhaps we see that now. Perhaps this tragedy causes us to ask some tough questions.
President Obama wraps up the eulogy by leading the congregation in song… Amazing Grace.
WATCH him sing here:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODALToT6rAc?feature=player_detailpage&w=640&h=360]
WATCH the entire service and full eulogy here:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNcGW2LYtvg?feature=player_embedded&w=640&h=360]
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