Obama Recalls Pinckney Seeing 'Better Days Ahead'
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Obama Recalls Pinckney Seeing 'Better Days Ahead'
President Obama eulogized the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston today, just one week after a shooter killed the pastor and eight other African-Americans at a Bible study in a historic black Charleston church."We are here today to a remember a man of God who lived by faith, a man who believed in things not seen, a man who believed there were better days ahead off in the distance," the president said at funeral services for Pinckney at the TD Arena in Charleston. "He believed his efforts would deliver a better life for those who followed."Obama first met Pinckney in 2007 during his first campaign for president, he said."I cannot claim to have the good fortune to know Reverend Pinckney well, but I did have the pleasure of knowing him, meeting him here in South Carolina back when we were both a little bit younger," he said.

The president recounted Pinckney's work as a pastor as well as his career in the state Senate, saying he always worked to help others."He was full of empathy and fellow feeling," the president said. "What a good man. Sometimes I think that's the best thing to hope for when you eulogize. After all the words and recitations and resumes are read, to just say somebody was a good man."Along with honoring Pinckney, the president memorialized the eight others killed during bible study last week."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," he said. "People so full of life and so full of kindness. People who ran the race and persevered. People of great faith."The president also praised the resilience of Mother Emanuel AME Church, saying it serves as a "sacred place" that embodies the expansion of liberty and justice for all Americans.The president traveled to Charleston for Pinckney's services one week after a shooting at Mother Emanuel African Methodist church in Charleston.Obama planned to meet with the families of those killed in the church shooting as well as the families of survivors following the services.First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden also attended the funeral services. A congerssional delegation, which included House Speaker John Boehner, traveled aboard Air Force One to the funeral. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who also knew Pinckney, also traveled to Charleston for the funeral.

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