Valerie Jarrett: Michelle Obama Was Against President Obama Singing ‘Amazing Grace’ During Reverend Clementa Pinckney’s Eulogy

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Exactly how spontaneous was President s decision to end his eulogy for Reverend by breaking out into “Amazing Grace” and leading congregants in a moving sing-a-long?

According to the president’s senior adviser , the president floated the idea en route to the funeral and, at least initially, First Lady did not think it was a very good idea.

At the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival this week, Jarrett recounted Obama saying on Marine One, “When I get to the second part of referring to ‘,’ I think I might sing.”

While Jarrett’s first response was a non-committal, “Hmm,” the first lady was a bit more blunt, asking, “Why on earth would that fit in?”

“I don’t know whether I’m going to do it, but I just wanted to warn you two that I might sing,” Obama said, according to Jarrett. “We’ll see how it feels at the time.”

When Obama arrived at that portion of his speech, he took a dramatic pause, which made Jarrett think he was deciding whether or not he would go through with it. “So later I said to him, ‘Were you thinking about whether or not to sing?’” Jarrett said. “He said, ‘Oh no, I knew I was going to sing. I was just trying to figure out which key to sing in.’”

Watch Jarret’s remarks below, via ABC News:

And you can watch the president’s musical performance below, via CNN:


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