President Obama to Deliver Eulogy for Slain S.C. Pastor, State Senator Clementa Pinckney; Michelle Obama, Joe Biden to Join him at Funeral


President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine people killed in last week’s shootings at a Charleston, South Carolina church, the White House said Monday.

Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will all attend funeral services Friday for Pinckney, a state senator and pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the oldest and most influential African-American churches in the U.S. Pinckney and eight other people were shot to death last week at a Wednesday night Bible study session.

Obama will be visiting the state as it is torn over calls to remove a Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol. The flag was moved from the dome of the statehouse in 2000 to a separate part of the grounds in a compromise over racial connotations of the flag.

Gov. Nikki Haley and Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott — all of them Republicans — called for the flag’s complete removal on Monday.


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