Saturday, June 27, 2015

AMAZING GRACE: President Obama's Breathtaking Eulogy For Rev. Pinckney

President Barack Obama delivering the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney
On Friday President Barack Obama delivered a heartfelt and stirring eulogy at the funeral of his friend Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

Reverend Pinckney as you remember is a South Carolina state senator and pastor who was one of nine people shot and killed by a crazed racist gunman at Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last week. In delivering this eulogy Barack Obama may also have delivered the most powerful speech of his presidency.

It was said that the President's remarks at times felt like a sermon, with organ chords backing him during some of the most impassioned passages. Some remarked that though they were in the TD Arena in downtown Charleston if felt to them more like they were in a church. Many of those in attendance said as Barack Obama used the language of  faith, perseverance, salvation and prayer that it felt like the President had become "the preacher in chief".

While remembering the Rev. Pinckney and the other eight victims of the mass shooting the President also touched on several issues that were important to the pastor... as well as our country. In between discussing grief, sorrow and loss he also expounded on issues like the confederate flag, racism, race relations, gun violence, gun control and systemic inequalities that effect certain segments of our society.

Stunningly, at the end of the eulogy, the president began to sing the hymn "Amazing Grace," leading the crowd in the song before delivering a powerful ending as he named each of the shooting victims one by one.

If you watch only one speech by this President delivered during his time in office make it this one.

Here is the Eulogy in it's entirety…

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Amazing grace! 
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.

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