What a touching, powerful moment.
President Barack Obama delivered a eulogy at State Senator and Reverend Clementa Pinckney‘s funeral on Friday afternoon, one of a heartbreaking nine funerals the city of Charleston must endure after the attack in a church last week.
The President’s eulogy was heartfelt, discussing Reverend Pinckney’s life and faith:
“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.”
But even with all those important words, and while President Obama’s remarks on race, religion, tolerance, love, and faith were all important and well-spoken, his eulogy will be remembered for one thing: grace.
In the middle of his speech, the Prez broke out into a solo rendition of Amazing Grace, only to be joined after several bars by the entire auditorium in unison.
Check out the video (above) to see Obama take the lead in that powerful moment, followed by his recitation of each victim’s name.
Well done, Mr. President!