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Friday, June 26, 2015

President Obama to Eulogize Charleston Reverend Today



Emanuel AME Church Pastor Reverend Clementa Pinckney's wife Jennifer (C), and two daughters Eliana and Malana, arrive at the Emanuel AME Church for a public viewing in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 25, 2015. (Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy today for Rev. Clementa Pinckney; one of the eight victims killed in the Charleston church shooting.
The President, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, a bipartisan host of high-level members of Congress and Hillary Clinton were all headed to TD Arena on Friday for the memorial service.
The 21 y/o shooter declared he was there to “kill black people,” and an online manifesto attributed to him contained white supremacist screeds.
According to White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, the topic of race, along with new calls for gun control, aren’t off the table for Friday’s eulogy, but the main focus, would remain the nine victims of last Wednesday’s massacre, many of whom were leaders in the church.
The shooting in Charleston has left Obama “shaken,” according to Rep. James Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat who spoke with Obama the morning after the incident.  Obama knew the highest profile victim of the Charleston shooting personally, meeting Pinckney as an early supporter of his 2008 presidential bid. Biden met the pastor and state lawmaker less than a year ago at a prayer breakfast in the state capital.
That personal connection will differentiate Friday’s eulogy from the funerals Obama keynoted after previous shootings. 
Praying that everyone makes it through this very difficult time.
PHOTO CREDIT:  Emanuel AME Church Pastor Reverend Clementa Pinckney's wife Jennifer (C), and two daughters Eliana and Malana, arrive at the Emanuel AME Church for a public viewing in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 25, 2015. (Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)


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