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|
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.
|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.”|