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Obama eulogizes John Lewis, urges Americans to vote

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Former President Barack Obama delivered a powerful and politically charged eulogy on Thursday at the funeral of the late Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. Obama was one of three former presidents to speak. Others included Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

“I’ve come here today because I, like so many Americans, owe a great debt to John Lewis and his forceful vision of freedom,” Obama said.

Obama and Lewis had a close relationship and a special bond. Obama first met Lewis while in college. Years later he was signing “Because of you, John,” on the late congressman’s inauguration program as he became the first African American president.

The former president reminded those in attendance and a national television audience that Lewis had dedicated his life to fighting for the right to vote. He encouraged Americans to continue, as he highlighted threats to voting access. Though he never mentioned the name Donald Trump, it was clear who Obama was hinting at.

“Even as we sit here, there are those in power who are doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting by closing polling locations, and targeting minorities and students with restrictive ID laws and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision, even undermining the postal service in the run-up to an election,” he said. 

Obama went on to call for making Election Day a federal holiday, allowing Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico to have voting representation in Congress and expanding early voting.

He also called on Congress to restore the full Voting Rights Act, part of which was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013, and named it after Lewis.

“You want to honor John? Let’s honor him by revitalizing the law that he was willing to die for,” he said. “Once we pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, we should keep marching to make it even better, by making sure every American is automatically registered to vote, including former inmates who have earned their second chance.”

Obama also denounced the violence that protesters are seeing today in America comparing them to what Lewis went through during the civil rights movement.

“Bull Connor might be gone, but today we witness with our own eyes, police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans. George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators.”

Obama acknowledged that he knew he was speaking at a celebration of life for Lewis and that some might take issue with his speech but he said that was exactly why he was doing it.

“There are some that might say, ‘we shouldn’t dwell on such things,’ but that’s why I’m talking about it. John Lewis devoted his time on this earth fighting the very attacks on democracy, and what’s best in America, that we’re seeing circulate right now,” he said.

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    David Benefield July 31, 2020

    It was not a eulogy, it was a campaign speech and total bs

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    Ted July 31, 2020

    What a disgraceful thing to do at someone’s funeral. This piece of trash has no humility and it would seem that a great number of the people in attendance were willing to forgo the proceedings to give him the attention that they were going to give to Rep. Lewis. How disgraceful of them all….

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    Alex Czeranko July 31, 2020

    Once again we see how President Obama is and was one of the most divisive persons in this country. He talks about using tear gas and clubs on “peaceful protesters” I do not know what he was looking at but throwing fireworks and bricks and water and rocks at police officers is not very peaceful. He talks about wanting people to vote, lets make sure that they are legal by our Constitution to vote.
    There is an attack on our democracy alright. It is those radical leftists who do not care for America. It is those radical leftists who do not want police. These radical leftists are the ones Joe Biden and his Democratic Party want elected.
    If you believe in this country and believe in the American Dream vote these Democrats out of office. President Trump has an “old school” belief in this country.
    A belief that says any person, regardless of race, creed or culture can make something of their life with hard work. That is what this country was built upon. That is what made this America the great country it was

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    Jmac July 31, 2020

    Amen and said perfectly!

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    John July 31, 2020

    Some politicians just have to keep preaching their sorryassed agenda, which was destroying the UNITED STATES. Shut up and go away , take your holliweird, no life overpaid nfl, nba, mlb and all the protesters and antifa with you.

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    Mike L July 31, 2020

    I agree with. Alex 100 percent.

    Let’s return to Freedom for the people and by the people.

    The Progressive Democrats and organizations like BLM and Antifa are following the Socialist -Marxist Agendas d want this country to be like Argentina , Etc .

    Argentina was a prosperous oil rich country that now is falling apart And the people are starving .

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    Mike Lenahan July 31, 2020

    I agree with. Alex 100 percent.

    Let’s return to Freedom for the people and by the people.

    The Progressive Democrats and organizations like BLM and Antifa are following the Socialist -Marxist Agendas d want this country to be like Argentina , Etc .

    Argentina was a prosperous oil rich country that now is falling apart And the people are starving .

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    Miriam July 31, 2020

    OBAMA once again is being a liar a fake and a Phoney
    The demonstrators in Portland and Seattle were not peaceful ! Cities were destroyed people were hurt!
    What about Chicago ? Obama’s City not one word about the Black on Black crime! Black on Black Crime is out of control in this country! Not once did you address that OBAMA! Shame on You!

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    Adam A August 1, 2020

    well said,Alex.
    There will be no pushback to O’s statements, though.
    The never-ending push of the Dems needs to be refuted.
    Even all Blacks do not believe the outright lies of the Left.

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    Don August 1, 2020

    I had a lot of respect for Lewis but Obozo’s ramblings are meaningless. His narcissism is too great to care about anyone but himself.

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