Oct 25, 2019

Barack Obama eulogizes Elijah Cummings

Former President Barack Obama delivered remarks during Rep. Elijah Cummings' funeral in Baltimore for Rep. Elijah Cummings Friday, calling the late congressman a "strong man" who fought "for the rights and opportunities of forgotten people all across America."

"Being a strong man includes being kind. There is nothing weak about kindness and compassion. There is nothing by looking out for others. There is nothing weak about being honorable. You are not a sucker to have integrity, and to treat others with respect."

More of Obama's eulogy:

"I was sitting here and I was just noticing the Honorable Elijah E. Cummings, and you know this is a title that we confer on all kinds of people who get elected to public office. We are supposed to introduce them as honorable but — but Elijah Cummings was honorable before he was elected to office. There is a difference. There is a difference if you were honorable and treated others honorably."
"As individuals and as a nation, to rule ourselves in good source — Elijah understood that. That's why he fought for that's why he embraced this beloved community of Baltimore. That's why he went onto fight for the rights and opportunities of forgotten people all across America."

The big picture: Cummings was an early supporter of Obama in 2008, and the two were personal friends.

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Thousands gather to say goodbye to Elijah Cummings

The casket of Rep. Elijah Cummings arrives for his funeral at New Psalmist Baptist Church. Photo: Lloyd Fox-Pool/Getty Images

More than 4,000 people gathered to say goodbye to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Friday, with several notable Democrats and other politicians in attendance at his memorial service at the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, and hundreds more lined up to pay their respects.

The big picture: Cummings, the son of a sharecropper, was an important Civil Rights era figure. He served in Congress for 23 years and, as head of the House Judiciary Committee, was one of President Trump's strongest critics. He was the first African American lawmaker to lie in state in the Capitol, an honor given to nearly 20 former senators, representatives and presidents, the Washington Post notes, per House historians.

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Elijah Cummings' widow to run for his House seat

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings during the funeral of her husband, Rep. Elijah Cummings, in Baltimore on Oct. 25. Photo: Julio Cortez-Pool/Getty Images

Maryland Democratic Party Chairwoman Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the widow of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), told the Baltimore Sun Monday that she'll run for his seat in the state's 7th Congressional District.

I am, of course, devastated at the loss of my spouse, but his spirit is with me. I’m going to run this race and I’m going to run it hard, as if he’s still right here by my side."
— Maya Rockeymoore Cummings' comments to the Baltimore Sun
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Son of sharecropper eulogized by presidents

The casket of Rep. Elijah Cummings is carried through National Statuary Hall on Oct. 24. Photo: Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images

Rep. Elijah Cummings was born the son of a sharecropper, and died a leader of such regard that presidents delivered eulogies at his funeral.

The impact: In Baltimore, politicians and civil rights activists joined family and friends on Friday to honor the late congressman, who became the first African-American lawmaker to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. He died last week at the age of 68.