In the Most Moving Speech of His Presidency, Obama Sings Amazing Grace

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During his eulogy for Reverend and Democratic state Senator Clementa Pinckney, who was shot down in an act of racial terrorism during an attack on a church in Charleston, South Carolina, President Obama burst into a spontaneous rendition of the poignant and appropriate song, “Amazing Grace”.

Watch here:

President Obama, transcript from the White House:

Reverend Pinckney once said, “Across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history — we haven’t always had a deep appreciation of each other’s history.” (Applause.) What is true in the South is true for America. Clem understood that justice grows out of recognition of ourselves in each other. That my liberty depends on you being free, too. (Applause.) That history can’t be a sword to justify injustice, or a shield against progress, but must be a manual for how to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past — how to break the cycle. A roadway toward a better world. He knew that the path of grace involves an open mind — but, more importantly, an open heart.

That’s what I’ve felt this week — an open heart. That, more than any particular policy or analysis, is what’s called upon right now, I think — what a friend of mine, the writer Marilyn Robinson, calls “that reservoir of goodness, beyond, and of another kind, that we are able to do each other in the ordinary cause of things.”

That reservoir of goodness. If we can find that grace, anything is possible. (Applause.) If we can tap that grace, everything can change. (Applause.)

Amazing grace. Amazing grace.

(Begins to sing) — Amazing grace — (applause) — how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me; I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind but now I see. (Applause.)

Clementa Pinckney found that grace.

Cynthia Hurd found that grace.

Susie Jackson found that grace.

Ethel Lance found that grace.

DePayne Middleton-Doctor found that grace.

Tywanza Sanders found that grace.

Daniel L. Simmons, Sr. found that grace.

Sharonda Coleman-Singleton found that grace.

Myra Thompson found that grace.

This was an incredible moment as so many Americans joined, in spirit as they watched, the first half-black president singing Amazing Grace, especially this week as Confederate flags came down from government buildings and large retailers’ shelves. If only it hadn’t cost too much.

Even the press that has been so befuddled by President Obama have praised this speech as the speech of his presidency, and it was. For anyone who didn’t know who the President was yet, this speech was revelatory. But for those who have been paying attention, it was exactly what we expected.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with each family separately at the conclusion of today’s service.

Today President Obama put his heart out there for all to see as he honored a great man who was taken too soon in an act of terrorism and hate. His eulogy was full of uplifting moments of stunning grace. It is not to be missed.

For more on President Obama’s speech and full video, click here.

26 Replies to “In the Most Moving Speech of His Presidency, Obama Sings Amazing Grace”

  1. I never want to say never but it will be real hard to have a President with this much humanity and empathy along with being the smartest man in the room again

  2. The right man at the right time in history. Yet there are those who disrespect him as no other President has been. But time after time Obama has worn the title: Mr. President of the USA with flourish and effectiveness. Admired by many in the USA and around the world, albeit the negation of the Right Wing.
    So another example as to why Mr. Obama WILL be on the list of GREATEST PRESIDENTS.

  3. Very emotional Paws. Carried on CSPAN, MSNBC, CNN. FOX talked about the 2 escapees in N.Y. We know FOX is what keeps the hate atmosphere running at full throttle.

  4. LEGENDARY! This is the most historic week for America in my lifetime. Our President will go down in the history books as the most forward thinking, all inclusive POTUS our country has ever had. Inspiring, intelligent, lawful, balanced, did I mention inspiring? #AmazingGrace indeed. #ACA – check!, #MarriageEquality – check!, #AmazingGrace – check!, #NOH8 – check!

    Powerful, powerful week in history for America. He just tossed the term LAME DUCK right out of the church bellows and turned hate on it’s head!

  5. CLENNIS05:

    FOX knows its audience is NOT interested in what’s going on and going down in Charleston, S.C.
    That audience would prefer to know more about the escapees fate, and the running narrative of two escaped convicts on the lam in rural counties of New York, rather than what’s going on in the Church with the President’s eulogy. Not their cup of tea. The snub is expected by FOX. They will have re-runs later, after the live event. With unflattering comments by the usual pundits and talking heads on their nightly shows. Update: One of the escapees was killed in a shootout. Its on the news as I write this.

  6. We are so blessed to have President Obama as our leader. The President singing Amazing Grace left me in tears.

    This man is absolutely brilliant, and he is a very caring person. We should all try to emulate his attitude and humanity; for if we can even come close, this country would be far better off.

    Absolutely love President Obama.

  7. The Man is Not Only the Most Powerful Man in the World, He is the most Compassionate. And he is a nice guy too. Qualities I doubt we will ever see again. Not in my lifetime anyway.

  8. Yes it was a Great eulogy from a GREAT MAN! I too was moved by it. In fact, I cried! Go figure, a 61 year old white man who is Burly and looks like he is tough.

  9. President Obama will be regarded as one of the best. To think that he accomplished what he has, despite being sabotaged every step he took, has been inspiring. The hatred that has been aimed at him and his family has been totally disgusting.

    He is exactly the President our country needed after the disaster of Bush.

  10. President Obama in many ways will go down as one of our countries best EVER! now don’t misunderstand me, theres QUITE a few things I completely disagree with him on! But this isn’t the day for that. This country needs to GROW UP and face the fact of racism! WHITE america didn’t just become racist when Obama was elected! it was just somewhat covert! But conservative media! the michael savage/ FUX NEWS psychos just made racism fashionable! BTW just listen to conservative media! according to them, it’s the WHITE MAN who’s under attack! Thats funny! wheres ALL the videos of BLACK security guards hunting down WHITE TEENS? wheres ALL the stories about BLACK police officers choking WHITE PEOPLE to DEATH? tell us michael savage!! chime in FUX NEWS! show us your videos on BLACKS burning down WHITE churches!!! SHOW US! tell us how BLACK THUGS are going into WHITE churches sitting in on their pray service for over an HOUR and then executes EVERYONE!! SHOW US! I’m WAITING!

  11. The FAIRNESS ACT NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT BACK!!! FUX NEWS, conservative media is DESTROYING this country!!! the GOP and corporate america has rigged the GAME!! CLEAR CHANNEL has damn near DESTROYIED liberal talk! what they did to Stephanie Miller and Randy Rhoads just illustrates how COWARDLY and PATHETIC corporate america can be! I live in the metro Detroit area, listened to our local liberal FM station from 2007 to 2010, UNTIL CLEAR CHANNEL pulled the plug! I have to listen to TUNE-IN from NEWS MEXICO station 1310!! to hear LIBERAL TALK!! imagine a MAJOR usa religion being stripped of one of it’s voices!!! See this is TODAYS GOP!! they rig the game! LIBERAL TALK is a HIT everywhere it’s played! corporate america was making PROFIT with LIBERAL TALK!! but they pulled the plug because LIBERAL TALK goes against THEIR OLIGARCH movement! they’ll pay limbaugh a 200 MILLION dollar contract with NO RATINGS! and SACK a profitable liberal show!

  12. And that is why Republicans fear him. He has shown that a leader in this country can, by truth, honesty and perseverance change our lives for the better. He has raised the bar for future leaders of this country, and not just in the presidency. Government has been the place where too many politicians have gone to enrich only themselves. Thank you, President Obama!

  13. @Sugapea, the CONS have RIGGED EVERYTHING!! they OWN the SOUTH! you can drive from FLORA-DUH to TEXASS and hear NON STOP conservative radio!! the republican party isn’t stupid!! They know the power of mass media!! HELL, their blueprint was taken from one of their HEROS!! joseph gobbels!! that’s NOT a JOKE!!

  14. My speakers aren’t working, but I hope he did a MUCH better job than Mitt the Sh1t singing “God Bless America”…

  15. Amazing Grace, a beautiful song and that’s what our President has shown during his presidency — amazing grace.

  16. In his book, “A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives,”  Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama’s English-language translator and a visiting scholar at Stanford University, lays the foundation for a more compassionate world by teaching readers how to first cultivate kindness towards themselves.
    He encourages us to take time to incorporate a quiet intention-setting practice in the morning,
     “This day, I will make my day meaningful. I will as much as possible try to bring conscious intention into my interaction with others. I will as much as possible when the opportunity arises, be kind to others and at least refrain from harming others.  I’ll be more mindful. I’ll be caring and concerned for other people in my life. In this way, I’ll make my day meaningful.” By regularly setting daily intentions, Jinpa says, you’ll be able to act more intentionally and feel more in control and less viscerally responsive to negative events. Hmm, i…

  17. …yeah, yeah our POTUS can SING better than me…just add that to the list o’ things he’s better at…[wink]…
    …Harry S Truman may have been vilified as much as President Obama…{Note: when he helped create Israel, I don’t think he had any idea people like Netanyahu were gonna take over…}

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