CNN’s Don Lemon Almost Struck Speechless by Obama’s Charleston Eulogy

lemon jonesPresident Barack Obama delivered a moving and emotional eulogy in Charleston this afternoon for Reverend Clementa Pinckney, even leading the congregation in a rousing chorus of “Amazing Grace.” Immediately following Obama’s eulogy, CNN’s Don Lemon said, “This is quite possibly one of the most powerful and extraordinary moments that I have witnessed on television, especially a speech coming from the president. I’m really at a loss for words.”

He spoke with Van Jones about the president’s remarks, and both men were clearly blown away at how powerful they were. Jones said Obama has clearly been “transformed” by racial issues and tragedies over the past year.

They both got a little emotional talking about the “Amazing Grace” moment, with Lemon saying Obama was clearly in “full preacher more” right there. Jones said he was proud of the president, but also “terrified,” because he was worried about people criticizing him for going too far.

Lemon highlighted the portion when Obama said that whatever else you think, it’s important to stop the name-calling, come together, and start listening to each other. Jones also observed how “this was the most Christian speech I’ve ever heard from the president.”

Watch the video below, via CNN:

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