Obama Gives Impassioned Eulogy At Clementa Pinckney's Funeral With Comments On Confederate Flag, Racism
By Paige Lavender
President Barack Obama delivered a stirring eulogy at the funeral for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a South Carolina state senator and pastor who was one of nine people shot and killed at Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last week.
"The Bible calls us to hope. To persevere, and have faith in things not seen. They were still living by faith when they died, the Scripture tells us," Obama said of Pinckney and the other shooting victims, who the president said were "each at different stations in life but bound together by a common commitment to God."
"Good people. Decent people. God-fearing people," Obama added. "People so full of life and so full of kindness, people who ran the race and persevered, people of great faith. To the families of the fallen, the nation shares in your grief."
Obama addressed Pinckney's murderer during his eulogy, saying, "He didn't know he was being used by God."
"Blinded by hatred, the alleged killer could not see the grace surrounding Rev. Pinckney and that Bible Study group," Obama said, saying the killer "failed to comprehend what Rev. Pinckney so well understood -- the power of God’s grace."
Obama talked about his history with Pinckney, recalling when they first met.
"I cannot claim to have had the good fortune to know Rev. Pinckney well, but I did have the pleasure of knowing him and meeting him here in South Carolina back when we were both a little bit younger. Back when I didn't have visible gray hair. The first thing I noticed was his graciousness, his smile, his reassuring baritone, his deceptive sense of humor -- all qualities that helped him wear so effortlessly a heavy burden of expectation."
Obama spoke on the importance of church to African-American life and specifically spoke of the Emanuel AME Church's historic significance.
"The church, built by blacks seeking liberty, burned to the ground because its founder sought to end slavery, only to rise up again -- a phoenix from these ashes," Obama said.
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