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The President Sang "Amazing Grace" And America Got Saved

The president stunned the nation by singing "Amazing Grace" at the funeral of slain Charleston pastor Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

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Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States of America, had a helluva day on Friday.

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He began with a speech at the White House, applauding the #SCOTUS decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

But after that momentous occasion, Obama went to Charleston, South Carolina, to eulogize Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine victims of a mass shooting at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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The funeral, held at TD Arena, drew thousands of mourners, and was broadcast live by several news outlets. The other victims were: Cynthia Hurd; Susie Jackson; Ethel Lance; Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor; Tywanza Sanders; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr.; Rev. Sharonda Singleton; Myra Thompson. In reverence, Obama made sure to say their names.

Obama addressed gun violence, discrimination, and the ugly history of the Confederate flag. He already had the church enraptured, but that was just the tip of the iceberg.

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There was... a pause. A pregnant, heavy pause. And then President Barack Obama began to sing the hymn "Amazing Grace."

And with that, #ReverendPresident was anointed.

I think I saw a dove alight on #ReverendPresident

Black preachers across america looking at #ReverendPresident like

The doors of the church were opened.

When the #ReverendPresident started sangin. Right in my office i was like

People of all faiths, colors, and stripes were slain in the spirit.

That eulogy had me like #ReverendPresident

There was a clean snatching of wigs.

Same "@brokeymcpoverty: #ObamaHadMeLike "

A great shout broke forth across the nation.

#ReverendPresident had me in my work office like

A performance so stirring, it birthed a second hashtag, #ObamaHadMeLike.

#ObamaHadMeLike #TwitpicYourReactionToPresObamasSpeech

"Take yo tiiiiiiime, baby!"

Yhu!! Obama's they "found that grace" moment #ObamaHadMeLike

People were overwhelmed by Obama's sheer audacity.

HE’S GONNA SING THE GREATEST NEGRO SPIRTUAL EVER?! THE GREATEST PRESIDENT OF ALL OUR TIME!!!!!!

Let's just be honest: It was the blackest moment in the history of the U.S. presidency.

HE’S GONNA SING THE GREATEST NEGRO SPIRTUAL EVER?! THE GREATEST PRESIDENT OF ALL OUR TIME!!!!!!

You know you got it when the organist starts playing in the background. #ReverendPresident #ClementaPinckney

Barack's baritone, though offkey due to the emotional nature of the event, had us hoping for bigger things.

"amazing grace" is the first single from obama's next album

#ObamaHadMeLike It's not about intonation and the key he was in...It's the anointing that breaks the yoke...

But, people understood the poignancy of the moment as well.

The first black president singing Amazing Grace at the podium of a black church founded by a man who planned a slave revolt.

If you never attended a black funeral — no, homegoing service — before, thanks to Obama you are now #blessed.

Way, way up.

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