Monday, June 26, 2017

Obama speechwriter recounts weighty and "hopeful" days before Pinckney funeral

"To see so many people engaged in the hard work of citizenship right now reminds me of it every day."

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 1:48 PM

click to enlarge On June 26, 2015, President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine killed at Emanuel AME. - PETE SOUZA / WHITE HOUSE
  • Pete Souza / White House
  • On June 26, 2015, President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine killed at Emanuel AME.
click to enlarge Keenan (right) works with Obama on a speech in 2014 - PETE SOUZA / WHITE HOUSE
  • Pete Souza / White House
  • Keenan (right) works with Obama on a speech in 2014
For former Obama speechwriter Cody Keenan, the time between the murders at Emanuel AME and the day after President Barack Obama helped lay Rev. Clementa Pinckney to rest is "10 days in America I still think about all the time."

In a 37-tweet thread this morning, Keenan, who helped the president draft his speech in tribute to Pinckney, describes it as a time of unique humanity in the U.S., at once deeply sad and hopeful.

Today marks two years since President Obama delivered the eulogy for Pinckney, one of nine killed on June 17, 2015. But the week following Emanuel also marked historic Supreme Court decisions upholding the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality as well as Gov. Nikki Haley's forceful push to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol grounds. As Keenan worked with the president on the eulogy he would deliver in Charleston, his team also drafted statements in response to those news events.

Here's the thread in its entirety:




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