John Lewis Eulogy: Barack Obama in Civil Disobedience, Stunning and Presidential (why is Tucker Carlson terrified of this speech?)

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First Thing: Obama’s eulogy for John Lewis was powerfully political

Former president called on Americans to resist successor’s efforts to undermine voting rights. Plus, what one cop learned from a fatal shooting

Crowds watch Obama’s eulogy for Lewis on a screen outside Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

 Crowds watch Obama’s eulogy for Lewis on a screen outside Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Photograph: Steve Eberhardt/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock

Tim Walker

Good morning.

Three US presidents delivered eulogies for John Lewis at the congressman’s funeral in Atlanta on Thursday. A fourth, Donald Trump, was not in attendance, but his presence was felt strongly in Barack Obama’s eulogy – which was perhaps Obama’s most explicitly political speech since leaving office.

'America was build by John Lewis': Obama, Clinton and Bush pay tribute at funeral in Atlanta – video

Describing Lewis as a founding father of “a fuller, better” US, Obama called on Americans to stand up for the late civil rights leader’s most enduring cause: the right to vote. Without mentioning his successor by name, Obama sharply criticised “those in power who are doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting.”

  • ‘Emmett Till was my George Floyd,’ Lewis himself wrote, in an essay published posthumously by the New York Times on Thursday, recounting chapters of his own civil rights struggle and calling for future peaceful progress, and “good trouble”.


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  1. A slow agonizing death, performed by an authority figure hiding behind a badge out in public for the ‘perps’ friends and the world to endure is just punishment for alleged crimes and judged ‘morality’ US-FIRST? SS-FIRST maybe.

  2. Anyone who would mention Emmett Till and the name of one whose name I refuse to acknowledge, is sick. The latter was a low-life, a promoter of porn, a criminal of long incarceration, a drug-addled dimwit who drunkenly met his end (or did he?) peddling false notes. And a so-called somebody draws comparisons with Emmett Till – bollox! 95% of all Blacks in jail can be held to a higher standard. There is no proof he was murdered in the first place. No open casket. They had their opportunity to milk his demise for all it was worth if there was a corpse there at the end of the day to center it on. There wasn’t! The demonstrations took care of that and how. Ahmaud Arbery’s death – shot down in cold blood, speaks to the ongoing systemic discrimination against blacks in a way the BLM cause celebre doesn’t and like Emmett Till’s death is conveniently pushed into the background for political purposes. Sad that John Lewis was so loose in his choice of heroes – and it wasn’t that he had not many to pick from – I’ll put it down to an aberration of age to merely recall the latest victim of Police thuggery.

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