Obama’s Amazingly Graceful Eulogy

The fallen, but not the forgotten.

Familiarity doesn’t only breed contempt. It creates expectations. Barack Obama has been president for just short of seven years. I read somewhere during his time in office he has made statements at  memorials and  mass shootings in America  19 times. He has to extremely tired of this part of the job.

Yet Obama does it anyway because while it’s a dirty job, somebody’s gotta do it. Somebody has to remind the rest of us America isn’t a great big unlocked insane asylum where the inmates are armed and running buck wild in the streets though it probably looks that way to the rest of the world.

The President isn’t only the Commander-In-Chief of the nation’s armed forces. He’s also the Counselor-In-Chief when yet another senseless act of violence occurs such as the killing of Susie Jackson, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Rev. Daniel L. Simmons Sr., Cynthia Hurd, Ethel Lee Lance, Tywanza Sanders, Myra Thompson, Rev. Sharonda Singleton, and Rev. Clementa Pinckney by a murderous White supremacist.

Obama led a bipartisan group from Washington for Pinckney’s memorial service, and he gave praise to the fallen pastor and those of the parishioners who fell with him.     The president used a country preacher’s cadence that while solemn was  full of hope, healing and grace and  grace particularly was on the president’s mind as he lauded Rev. Pinckney.

What a good man. Sometimes I think that’s the best thing to hope for when you’re eulogized — after all the words and recitations and resumes are read, to just say someone was a good man.

You don’t have to be of high station to be a good man. Preacher by 13. Pastor by 18. Public servant by 23. What a life Clementa Pinckney lived. What an example he set. What a model for his faith. And then to lose him at 41 — slain in his sanctuary with eight wonderful members of his flock, each at different stages in life but bound together by a common commitment to God.

Cynthia Hurd. Susie Jackson. Ethel Lance. DePayne Middleton-Doctor. Tywanza Sanders. Daniel L. Simmons. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton. Myra Thompson. Good people. Decent people. God-fearing people. People so full of life and so full of kindness. People who ran the race, who persevered. People of great faith.

To the families of the fallen, the nation shares in your grief. Our pain cuts that much deeper because it happened in a church. The church is and always has been the center of African-American life–a place to call our own in a too often hostile world, a sanctuary from so many hardships.

It was no surprise the president spoke plainly and forcefully on the unaddressed issues laid bare by the Charleston church shootings including the bloody rebel flag the killer wrapped himself in.

For too long, we were blind to the pain that the Confederate flag stirred in too many of our citizens. It’s true, a flag did not cause these murders. But as people from all walks of life, Republicans and Democrats, now acknowledge — including Governor Haley, whose recent eloquence on the subject is worthy of praise–as we all have to acknowledge, the flag has always represented more than just ancestral pride. For many, black and white, that flag was a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. We see that now.

Removing the flag from this state’s capitol would not be an act of political correctness; it would not be an insult to the valor of Confederate soldiers. It would simply be an acknowledgment that the cause for which they fought — the cause of slavery — was wrong — the imposition of Jim Crow after the Civil War, the resistance to civil rights for all people was wrong. It would be one step in an honest accounting of America’s history; a modest but meaningful balm for so many unhealed wounds. It would be an expression of the amazing changes that have transformed this state and this country for the better, because of the work of so many people of goodwill, people of all races striving to form a more perfect union. By taking down that flag, we express God’s grace.

Americans have a remarkable ability to focus on something with great intensity and then move on from it. Here today is Rachel Dolezal and tomorrow’s she’s a trivia question. But nobody paid attention when NYPD patrolman Peter Liang was indicted for shooting Akai Gurley That’s the sort of thing which matters while Dolezal’s subterfuge and family matters don’t. The President reminded us there’s still a lot of unfinished business.

But I don’t think God wants us to stop there. For too long, we’ve been blind to the way past injustices continue to shape the present. Perhaps we see that now. Perhaps this tragedy causes us to ask some tough questions about how we can permit so many of our children to languish in poverty, or attend dilapidated schools, or grow up without prospects for a job or for a career.

Perhaps it causes us to examine what we’re doing to cause some of our children to hate. Perhaps it softens hearts towards those lost young men, tens and tens of thousands caught up in the criminal justice system –and leads us to make sure that that system is not infected with bias; that we embrace changes in how we train and equip our police so that the bonds of trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve make us all safer and more secure.

Then Obama did something no president ever has done before and may never ever do again. He began to sing. The President of the United State sang “Amazing Grace.”

“Amazing grace —  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. “

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.

Through the example of their lives, they’ve now passed it on to us. May we find ourselves worthy of that precious and extraordinary gift, as long as our lives endure. May grace now lead them home. May God continue to shed His grace on the United States of America.

It’s been a long time since I was in church but Reverend President took me there.

I teared up AND got chills. This was the Obama I voted for. Every now and then my president makes me proud and he reminds me why. I could never imagine President McCain or President Romeny responding the way Obama did. Would Rand or Jeb or even Hillary preach and sing from the pulpit? Maybe they would, probably they wouldn’t but whatever they would do they could never do something so perfectly human.

We may not know it yet, but we’re  going to miss Obama when he’s gone.   He’s done some very good things, some very bad things, been exceptional, been ordinary, been inspiring and been infuriating.   Coming off a week where he had won fast- track trade authority in Congress (mostly with Republican support) and two monumentally important decisions by the Supreme Court making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states and preserving Obamacare,  the president had enjoyed some significant wins.   We’ve seen many of Obama’s predecessors enjoy good weeks.

What Obama hasn’t been is anything like we’ve ever seen in any American President.    That’s a good thing and a uniquely Obama thing.

The President Said “Nigger” and the Sun Still Rose Today.

“Ya know, it feels pretty good to be able to say whatever the hell I want.”

Freed from the need to bite his  tongue, President Obama got raw in an interview for the podcast,  WTF with Marc Maron.

“Racism, we are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public,.”

“That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.”

 OMG! The POTUS said the N-Word!   Of course the press lost their damn minds and the Infantiling of America continues.

My reaction is BFD and GTFU.

In this stiflingly politically correct age it’s refreshing to hear the President talk like real people do. I don’t use the ethnic slur nigger often (and I gave my daughter the Death Stare when she did at the dinner table the other night), but I NEVER use the weak and wimpy “N-word” if I can help it. It’s a phrase with no guts and no balls and a total dodge.

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Free History Lesson for anyone Shocked and Awed when Presidents stop pretending and start getting real.   We know White Presidents have said “nigger.” Many of the early Commander-In-Chiefs owned slaves and  Andrew Jackson was a slave trader!  The first White President held slaves and George Washington probably hung out between sessions crafting the Constitution bitching to another Founding Father how stupid, shiftless and lazy his niggers were.

A White President can say “nigger” and they have and will again. If they don’t want to be racist about it all they need to do is say it in context the way the Black President did. Then sit back and watch the media lose their minds about that.
Everything Obama said has been reduced to one stupid word. Faux Noise Network is positively wetting themselves with indignant harrumphs. As if they’ve never generously applied the word to the president in editorial meetings.

Sucker bet.

Fox News contributor Deneen Borelli, who is black, expressed outrage during a discussion on the Fox News show “America’s Newsroom.”

“He has really dragged in the gutter-speak of rap music,” Borelli said. “So now he’s the first President of rap, of street? I mean, come on, he has lowered the stature of the high office of the President of the United States.”

“The President-in-chief, the rapper-in-chief now, is further dividing our country,” Borelli continued.

All eyez on me.

Borelli, a Conservative Review correspondent, said Obama’s use of the word spoke “volumes” about who he is as a President.

“The man is divisive and he has taken the level of the office of the presidency down to another level by saying these words and he’s continuing — listen, class warfare — you name it,” Borelli said, trying to list what Obama has done wrong. “He’s dividing the country. … He makes it seem like our country is the racist (sic) country in the world, and it’s not.”

Host Bill Hemmer contributed his take on the use of the word.

“I mean as a white American, my entire life I know that this is an electric word,” Hemmer said. “And you stay away from it. … This is something that we thought was entirely off-limits and now you have the President using it.”

Shut the hell up!  Your stupidity offends me.   Damn Fox News!

As many times as Obama has been called a nigger, if he can’t say it, nobody can.

“Jeepers, Wally. I never thought I’d ever hear the President drop an N-bomb.” “That’s because you’re a total fucking tool, Beaver.”

No Safety. No Sanctuary.

Emanuel AME Church: Peace was stilled with gunfire.

There is no sanctuary.  There is no safety.  There is no mercy.    We were once again reminded when nine members of the Emanuel  A.M.E. church in Charleston, S.C. had gathered in a place of worship and were slain by  a 21-year-old gunman with White supremacist ties who turned it into a gory slaughterhouse.

I think the world has gone mad. We amuse ourselves with b.s. trivialities, pseudo-celebrities and media-manufactured “scandals” until something evil comes creeping out of the dark to rudely remind us nothing is sacred, nowhere is safe, and everyone is a target.

There’s a special place in hell for someone who would commit mass murder in a church.

Police say the suspect, pictured in the surveillance photograph above, sat in on a prayer group at the Emanuel AME Church for at least an hour before initiating the shooting.

At least nine people—six women and three men—were killed in the mayhem. That count reportedly includes State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, who also acted as the church’s pastor. According to an NAACP official interviewed by the Post and Courier, the shooter told one female survivor “he was letting her live so she could tell everyone else what happened.”

Pinckney’s cousin tells MSNBC witnesses say the gunman’s message was clear:

“He just said ‘I have to do it.’ He said, ‘You rape our women, and you’re taking over our country, and you have to go’.”

Dylan Roof: The wolf stalks the flock.

Those chilling words as well as the deed itself made it clear:  this was a hate crime and the congregation was deliberately targeted.

President Obama has made far too many remarks following mass shootings after the Gabby Giffords was critically wounded and two more were gunned down in Arizona, the Aurora movie theater massacre and the Sandy Hook school shootings and today he made another one.

At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it.

I say that recognizing the politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now. But it would be wrong for us not to acknowledge it. And at some point it’s going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it, and for us to be able to shift how we think about the issue of gun violence collectively.

Wherever there is blood spilled there’s America’s Most Trusted Name in Right-Wing News on the spot to offer  yet another Obama-bashing talking point and  Bill O’Reilly used his opening monologue to say sympathetic things about the nine slain parishioners, but not without calling the President “misguided”  for pointing out the frequency of shooting sprees in America.

O’Reilly is too egotistical to bother with a little thing like getting his facts straight.  He’d have to pull his head out of his ass first,  but even this swaggering braggart should be able to do the research Slate did and come up with 27 acts of racially-motivated slaughter and domestic terrorism since the Oklahoma City bombing  which killed 168 in 1995.

Rev. Clementa Pinckney: Pastor, Politician, Victim.

You might think…you would hope…in the midst of a still-developing story where critical facts and vitally important details are still forthcoming, a sober and responsible media would tread carefully and avoid superimposing their own agendas and biases to a tragedy.

Fox News is neither sober nor responsible.  There is nothing—literally NOTHING—that is bad which Fox News can’t make WORSE.

On “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning, co-host Steve Doocy said it was “extraordinary” that Police Chief Gregory Mullen referred to the massacre of nine black churchgoers by a young white male as a “hate crime.”

The segment began with Bishop E.W. Jackson, the senior pastor at Hope Christian Church, opining that he was concerned that this wasn’t a racially motivated crime, but a religiously motivated one. “There does seem to be a rising hostility against Christians in this country because of our biblical views,” he said.

“I would urge pastors in these churches to prepare to defend themselves,” Bishop Jackson added. “It’s sad, but I think that we have to arm ourselves.”

Pastors packing heat in the pulpit?    Anywhere else in the civilized word that would be considered an insane thing to say.   On  Fox it makes sense.    I bet Dylan Root spent a lot of time watching Fox News.

Doesn’t Fox have any decency?   No.  They really don’t.

So it’s not a race thing, okay, folks? Just another common, garden variety mass shooting spree and nothing to get hyped about by calling it a hate crime. I can’t wait for Fox  to explain how it’s all Obama’s fault.

A far more sensitive and thoughtful was provided by came  from Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles on Twitter.

Was already weary. Was already heavy-hearted. Was already tired.Where can we be safe? Where can we be free? Where can we be black?

Nowhere.   There is no sanctuary. There is no mercy.  Not even in  God’s House.

The meek will inherit nothing.    Only death from a racist’s gun.    Our pain is unrelenting.  Our prayers are with the grieving in Charleston and for the soul of a deeply sick America as well.

How many more times must the President try to console a traumatized nation?