President Obama Release Powerful Statement On The Passing Of Muhammad Ali, Will Give Eulogy Along With President Clinton

| June 4, 2016 | 0 Comments


A fighter to the end: Muhammad Ali’s daughter reveals that her father’s heart kept beating for 30 MINUTES after all his organs had failed.

Many of us are still coming to terms that Muhammad Ali is no longer with us. His determination and will is something that will live on forever. President Obama offered his condolences today, and revealed that he actually has a pair of Ali’s gloves in his study, at the White House, right under Ali’s picture from his 1965 fight when he beat Sonny Liston.

Read full statement below:

Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period. If you just asked him, he’d tell you. He’d tell you he was the double greatest; that he’d “handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder into jail.”

But what made The Champ the greatest – what truly separated him from everyone else – is that everyone else would tell you pretty much the same thing.

Like everyone else on the planet, Michelle and I mourn his passing. But we’re also grateful to God for how fortunate we are to have known him, if just for a while; for how fortunate we all are that The Greatest chose to grace our time.

In my private study, just off the Oval Office, I keep a pair of his gloves on display, just under that iconic photograph of him – the young champ, just 22 years old, roaring like a lion over a fallen Sonny Liston. I was too young when it was taken to understand who he was – still Cassius Clay, already an Olympic Gold Medal winner, yet to set out on a spiritual journey that would lead him to his Muslim faith, exile him at the peak of his power, and set the stage for his return to greatness with a name as familiar to the downtrodden in the slums of Southeast Asia and the villages of Africa as it was to cheering crowds in Madison Square Garden.

“I am America,” he once declared. “I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me – black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me.”

That’s the Ali I came to know as I came of age – not just as skilled a poet on the mic as he was a fighter in the ring, but a man who fought for what was right. A man who fought for us. He stood with King and Mandela; stood up when it was hard; spoke out when others wouldn’t. His fight outside the ring would cost him his title and his public standing. It would earn him enemies on the left and the right, make him reviled, and nearly send him to jail. But Ali stood his ground. And his victory helped us get used to the America we recognize today.

He wasn’t perfect, of course. For all his magic in the ring, he could be careless with his words, and full of contradictions as his faith evolved. But his wonderful, infectious, even innocent spirit ultimately won him more fans than foes – maybe because in him, we hoped to see something of ourselves. Later, as his physical powers ebbed, he became an even more powerful force for peace and reconciliation around the world. We saw a man who said he was so mean he’d make medicine sick reveal a soft spot, visiting children with illness and disability around the world, telling them they, too, could become the greatest. We watched a hero light a torch, and fight his greatest fight of all on the world stage once again; a battle against the disease that ravaged his body, but couldn’t take the spark from his eyes.

Muhammad Ali shook up the world. And the world is better for it. We are all better for it. Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family, and we pray that the greatest fighter of them all finally rests in peace.

On Friday, the family will be joined by an imam at the funeral home for prayers.

A procession Friday will lead through the streets of Louisville, traveling down the street named after him and passing through Ali’s old neighborhood. The procession will end at Cave Hill cemetery, where he will be laid to rest.

An interfaith service open to the public will be held at the KFC Yum! Center at 2 p.m. Friday, where President Obama, President Clinton, Billy Crystal and Bryant Gumbel will give eulogies. Sen. Oren Hatch, R-Utah, a Mormon, is expected to speak.

The service will be led by an imam and will include clerics from multiple religions.

“This entire service was his specific request,” Gunnell said. “He truly loved all people.”

The service will be streamed throughout the world according to sources.

After the memorial service, a private reception for friends and guests is scheduled at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville.

Ali died Friday at 9:10 pm MT, and the cause of death was “septic shock due to unspecified natural causes,” he said.

Ali’s daughter Hana Ali said in an emotional post on Twitter today, “All of us were around him hugging and kissing him and holding his hands, chanting the Islamic prayer. All of his organs failed but his HEART wouldn’t stop beating. For 30 minutes… his heart just keep beating. No one had ever seen anything like it. A true testament to the strength of his Spirit and Will!”

A fighter to the end: Muhammad Ali’s daughter reveals that her father’s heart kept beating for 30 MINUTES after all his organs had failed.

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , or

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