Public eulogies for private lives: Barack Obama on Rev. Clementa Pinckney

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Senior Pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, speaks to those gathered during the Watch Night service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on December 31, 2012.  Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Randall Hill

Senior Pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, speaks to those gathered during the Watch Night service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on December 31, 2012. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Randall Hill

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What is it about a certain death that causes a President to halt his agenda and take the pulpit?

  • JR

    Obama is a professional mourner. It will be his only worthy legacy.

  • alison

    If it fits his personal agenda he will be there. As for the service for Rev. Pickney, he too was a politician, and may have been an additional motive.

  • alison

    Let me add that Rev. Pickney was a fine person, deserving of praise. My condolences to his family and the families of the others who lost their lives.