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Fri Jun 26, 2015, 02:44 PM

President Obama --- today AMAZING GRACE

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Reply President Obama --- today AMAZING GRACE (Original post)
trueblue2007 Jun 2015 OP
Chief D Jun 2015 #1
Iliyah Jun 2015 #2
ismnotwasm Jun 2015 #3
Number23 Jun 2015 #34
livetohike Jun 2015 #4
volstork Jun 2015 #23
potone Jun 2015 #28
ohheckyeah Jun 2015 #5
Beringia Jun 2015 #6
hedda_foil Jun 2015 #7
Sancho Jun 2015 #8
trueblue2007 Jun 2015 #9
Sancho Jun 2015 #10
frazzled Jun 2015 #11
nolabear Jun 2015 #17
Recursion Jun 2015 #18
watrwefitinfor Jun 2015 #20
uponit7771 Jun 2015 #29
Tarheel_Dem Jun 2015 #30
frazzled Jun 2015 #32
Tarheel_Dem Jun 2015 #42
morningfog Jun 2015 #36
Tarheel_Dem Jun 2015 #43
morningfog Jun 2015 #35
joshcryer Jun 2015 #37
Cha Jun 2015 #38
cdogzilla Jun 2015 #12
Boomerproud Jun 2015 #13
calimary Jun 2015 #39
Cha Jun 2015 #14
Laura PourMeADrink Jun 2015 #15
Recursion Jun 2015 #16
jberryhill Jun 2015 #25
BumRushDaShow Jun 2015 #19
msanthrope Jun 2015 #21
Laura PourMeADrink Jun 2015 #22
Paper Roses Jun 2015 #24
chillfactor Jun 2015 #26
Thinkingabout Jun 2015 #27
Tarheel_Dem Jun 2015 #31
bravenak Jun 2015 #33
Tumbulu Jun 2015 #40
akbacchus_BC Jun 2015 #41

Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 02:47 PM

1. Whew! That was historical

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 02:48 PM

2. K & R

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 02:49 PM

3. Oh my God

No words.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 10:57 PM

34. I'm right there with you. Thunderstruck, proud and crying

all at the same time.

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 02:51 PM

4. Cannot imagine any other President past or future comforting others

in this way.

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Response to livetohike (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 05:33 PM

23. Bobby Kennedy would have.

JFK's death changed him profoundly, and I believe he understood suffering as few of our well-know politicians have. He was a true public servant, perhaps one of our last...

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Response to volstork (Reply #23)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 08:59 PM

28. Yes, I think he would have.

Our country would be a very different place if he had not been killed. I recently heard again the speech he gave when he announced to a black audience that MLK had been killed. It was amazing and clearly heartfelt.

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 02:53 PM

5. Beautiful moment. nt

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 02:53 PM

6. thanks for posting

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 03:12 PM

7. He has a very nice voice.

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 03:15 PM

8. I thought he was going to sing "Just as I Am" until everyone got down front...

and the KFC buckets were full!

Pretty good in the pulpit for a muslim!

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Response to Sancho (Reply #8)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 04:12 PM

9. well, i know you are kidding. Present O. isn't a Muslim. He's a Christian.

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Response to trueblue2007 (Reply #9)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 04:16 PM

10. Yes..I was kidding...

I figured most would see how silly it is to think Obama is a muslim.

Frankly, I think it's just as silly to think that Obama is a corporate sell out who will sign a TPP that is bad for American workers!

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 04:18 PM

11. You cannot understand it unless you heard everything that preceded it

in this masterful speech.

Obama mused on the notion of "grace" ("I was blind but now I see" as something bestowed, without our deserving it ... and listed all the things we have suddenly seen and understood by virtue of this horrific crime in which nine lives were lost. And then he moved on to say that having that grace of "seeing" bestowed upon us is not enough. It is up to us to do something with it.

He then seamlessly pivoted into the most riveting political commentary on race, poverty, violence, and guns I have ever witnessed. It was mesmerizing. This song was merely the apotheosis, the call to arms. We've all seen ... now rise up and continue to act.

When he broke into song it was both shocking and inspirational. What it was not was just another hymn at a funeral.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 05:06 PM

17. Yes. That was a speech for the ages. The mastery of language and emotional tone

was as impressive as anything I've ever seen. And the vulnerability to stand up there and sing, without self-consciousness or self-aggrandizement. It was incredible.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 05:07 PM

18. Great eulogy and surprisingly subtle theology

He's UCC, which is Reformed, but managed to put Reformed theology in language familiar to an Established (Methodist) church.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 05:12 PM

20. Perfect summary.

Thank you.

Wat

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Response to frazzled (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 09:03 PM

29. +1

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Response to frazzled (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 09:13 PM

30. Frazzled, allow me to compliment you on that most excellent summary. I've watched the entire speech

for the third time now, and each time I've heard something that I missed before. This president was meant for this time in our history. I'm more convinced of it with each passing day. My heart breaks for my brothers & sisters in Charleston, but Pastor Rev. Pinckney, for various reasons, got a send off that will be recorded in the history books.

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Response to Tarheel_Dem (Reply #30)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 10:23 PM

32. Thank you. I was thinking about it again tonight

and discussing it with Mr. Frazzled. We came to the conclusion that this was the speech he might always wanted to have given but couldn't have, or rather shouldn't have. As president of all the people, it would have been unseemly for him to address these issues of race in terms of faith, or to do it so directly and passionately. But in the context of a funeral, in a religious setting, and this particular set of circumstances, it fit perfectly.

It was almost as if he felt these nine people and their families, by their lives and actions, and the events that surrounded them, had bestowed upon him the ability to speak in this way. It was a gift they gave to him, upon which he has felt compelled to act.

I am not a religious person at all, but I have to say I'd been feeling something of the same thing for more than a week, but was unable to name it. The gift of grace. I'm going to try not to forget it.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #32)

Sun Jun 28, 2015, 02:49 AM

42. I find that as his time winds down, both he & Michelle seem to have loosed the shackles that...

had them bound. None of us knows what will come in the wake of this most marvelous speech, but if the Republicans were half as touched by it as most of us were, then we'll see some serious soul searching into what kind of country we want to be. Hopefully, that soul searching will lead to some serious legislative actions.

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Response to Tarheel_Dem (Reply #30)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 11:15 PM

36. No other person, no other president could have given that speech.

 

I am truly moved by it. Chills and tears. It was incredibly deep and layered. His comfort in being the comforter. Historic is an understatement.

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Response to morningfog (Reply #36)

Sun Jun 28, 2015, 02:50 AM

43. +1. "No other person, no other president could have given that speech".

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Response to frazzled (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 11:13 PM

35. Yes, it must be viewed in full.

 

It was the greatest and most pitch perfect speech I've ever seen.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 11:19 PM

37. That speech will go down in history.

As one of the greatest defining moments of this generation.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 11:45 PM

38. Mahalo so much for this, frazzled.. Thank you!

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 04:19 PM

12. Ahh, youtube commenters. You just know when you see the American Eagle with American Flag avatar ...

... you're going to get some totally balanced and sane perspective how it is DIVISIVE AND RACE-BAITING for the President to attend the funeral of a slain political and religious leader. Because obviously the perfect place to do your trolling is on a post that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit over the hatred and bigotry of our white supremac... err, I mean, TRUE PATRIOT CONSERVATIVE AMERICAN TOTALLY NOT RACIST brothers and sisters.

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Response to cdogzilla (Reply #12)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 04:28 PM

13. Thanks for the alert-even though I've seen enough post on Youtube to know the drill.

I refuse to go there today. June 26, 2015 has been too important to taint it.

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Response to cdogzilla (Reply #12)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 11:54 PM

39. Welcome to DU, cdogzilla!

Glad you're here! Thanks for the warning. I saw the service live earlier today, cried through the President's speech, and then saw Rachel Maddow's extended replay of it, and cried all over again. It was most definitely one for the ages. I bet it will join the ranks of the Great Speeches of All Time. Seriously. It connected the dots like nobody's business, but without pointing fingers. Towering and stirring, gave us almost too much to think of.

Made me proud. Made me proud to say I voted for him, proud to say I believed in him and still do. And my mind kept wandering over to the notion of all those clown-car crackpots in the GOP. And I kept thinking - "let's see ANY of your guys top THAT."

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 04:56 PM

14. Mahalo trueblue for the Vid of Amazing Grace~ Beautiful

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 04:59 PM

15. Think the most emotional I have felt in many years ! nt

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 05:04 PM

16. Obama's a baritone. Nice set of pipes.

Wow

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Response to Recursion (Reply #16)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 08:38 PM

25. In the few snatches of singing he's done before...

...I would have thought he was a lower end tenor.

He's done some singing.

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 05:09 PM

19. THANK YOU for posting! I *HAD* to see it

I had just left work and was pulling out of the parking spot while listening to the MSNBC simulcast on SiriusXM and heard the singing start and said wait..? Is that him singing????? And definitely knew it was!!!! And I also knew I had to see the video of it, so thank you for posting that part of the service.

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 05:17 PM

21. kick and thanks

 

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 05:24 PM

22. kick

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 05:48 PM

24. I've heard this song too many times. This time I cried. This was our PRESIDENT!

Thank you President Obama. I don't always agree with you but this time, you have my heart and my support.

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 08:43 PM

26. i cried through the whole service.....

and the President's eulogy...when he started singing Amazing Grace, my dam broke.....unbelievably touching...

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 08:56 PM

27. Thanks for the post, a wonderful tribute given by President Obama in a very difficult time.

A lot of good replies.

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 09:16 PM

31. Thanks for posting. I've been blubbering like a child most of the day. Rachel Maddow just replayed

the eulogy without commercial interruption, and I blubbered some more. Thank you.

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 10:24 PM

33. Thank you.

 

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 11:59 PM

40. This was transformative

and I cried and cried. And keep listening to it and crying more.

Something has shifted and I don't know yet what it is.

Thank you for posting this.

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Response to trueblue2007 (Original post)

Sat Jun 27, 2015, 12:03 AM

41. Oh my goodness, he tried, this President cannot sing, he

orates well but he tried his best. Did you see the two gentlemen behind him cracking up? That was so funny.

President Obama is not only for all Americans but I cannot fathom any other President who could feel the way he does when emergency calls. Glad he did the eulogy and history will show that you all have a President who voiced his opinion when it was necessary.

He made two important gains, health care and same sex marriage. Which President in the history of the US can claim that. I now want him to get rid of Guantanamo but that is my personal opinion. He can do it if he wishes. I want him to go out with a blaze of glory to all the fucking republicans who wanted to ensure he failed and to the effing democrats who did not side with him. Regardless, President Obama is the best President ever since George fucking Bush!

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