When Obama Did THIS At A Charleston Shooting Eulogy Service, My Heart Broke.
A terrorist attempted to start a “race war” that the United States would remember forever. Instead, he failed miserably. President Obama turned the tragedy into a stunning historical moment that will be treasured always.
Roughly one week after the tragic shooting at the Charleston church in Charleston, South Carolina, President Obama gave a heartfelt eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney who was murdered along with eight other members of the church. After a 40 minute eulogy, he pauses, repeating the words “amazing grace, amazing grace.”
He shakes his head and knows what the crowd really needed at the conclusion of the gathering. The crowd quickly stands up to join in him the impromptu song with cheers and applause. The organist quickly jumps in without a tempo, playing along and following the president’s lead in the soulful rendition of the most classic hymn.
What really brought the song home was when he began to shout out the names of the fallen victims, keeping the crowds focus on the fact that each victim “found that grace,” and were resting at peace with the God they had gathered to worship.
“May God continue to shed His grace on the United States of America.” That’s how Obama chose to end the incredible eulogy, and I think that the entire country began to see him in a new light – and I believe he changed a lot of hearts to realize that this blind racism is still a huge issue in our country and that we need to take steps to change it.
Whether or not you agree with the bigger issues, we can all agree that the tragedy in Charleston could have and should have never happened. Only through love – and not through hate – can we stand together as a nation and endure dark moments like these with a spirit of community and hopefulness.