President Barack Obama drew cheers from the crowd when he sang "Amazing Grace" during his eulogy in honor of Reverend Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, SC, on Friday. After sharing powerful words about the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide, the president took the stage in Charleston to honor the late reverend. On social media, the White House shared some of Obama's most moving quotes from the service, including his thoughtful message to the families of those whose lives were lost in the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17. "To the families of these fallen, the nation shares in your grief," he said. "Our pain cuts that much deeper because it happened in a church."
Of Reverend Pinckney, the president said, "I did have the pleasure of . . . meeting him here in South Carolina, back when we were both a little bit younger. The first thing I noticed was his graciousness, his smile, his reassuring baritone, his deceptive sense of humor." He went on to address the issue of racism, saying, "For too long, we were blind to the pain that the Confederate flag stirred in too many of our citizens," adding, "By taking down that flag, we express God's grace."
Watch the moving video above to see President Obama sing "Amazing Grace" with the crowd, then see Jon Stewart's poignant monologue about the Charleston shooting.