Ten days in June shape Obama as a great American president

Obama Charleston eulogy

Many pundits declared the Obama presidency over and that Obama would ride out the remainder of his term as a real lame duck but recent events have cast Obama as a great American President.

On Thursday, for all intents and purposes, the Supreme Court put an end to years of court cases and congressional attacks against the Affordable Care Act, Obama's signature piece of legislation.

On Friday, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationally, a landmark moment for one of Obama's main constituencies: gay men and lesbians.

Meanwhile, across the South, governors and legislatures began to lower the racist Confederate flag, driven by the white racist murder of nine Black Americans in Charleston, South Carolina, the latest in a string of horrific racist murders of Black Americans by whites. 

President Obama ended the week by leading thousands of mourners in Charleston, South Carolina, last Friday in “Amazing Grace,” as he eulogized pastor and state senator Clementa Pinckney, on of the victims of the shooting. 

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