As the world sat and watched President Obama break into his rendition of “Amazing Grace” during his eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, many people wondered if this was Michelle Obama approved and off the cuff. But according to Valerie Jarrett, the president’s advisor, it was neither.
During an interview with ABC News, Jarrett recalled a conversation between the president and Mrs. Obama on Air Force One when they were en route to the funeral.
“When I get to the second part of referring to ‘Amazing Grace,’ I think I might sing,” is what the president said according to Jarrett.
“Why on earth would that fit in?” the Flotus asked.
“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.”
Jarrett then asked whether the long pause before he started singing was him deciding if he was really going to sing or not, but by that time he said he had already decided on 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.’”
You gotta love the president!