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President Obama did not make it to Muhammad Ali’s funeral because he was attending the high school graduation of his daughter Malia on Friday.
But he still managed to try to steal the spotlight from the former heavyweight champion of the world.
His senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, represented the first family at the event and delivered a statement written by the president that put the focus squarely where he thought it belonged.
“He had everything stripped from him, his titles, his standing, his money, his passion. Very nearly his freedom. But Ali still chose America,” the statement read.
“I imagine he knew that only here in this country could he win it all back. So he chose to help perfect a union where a descendent of slaves can become the king of the world,” it continued. “And in the process, in the process, lend some dignity to all of us. Maids, porters, students, an elderly bathroom attendant, and helped inspire a young, mixed kid with a funny name to have the audacity to believe he could be anything, even the president of the United States!”
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@TwitchyTeam Obama's self love is out of control!!
— Happy Retiree (@plouann49491) June 10, 2016
Omg, Obama even made Muhammad Ali's funeral about him. He just can't help it. Smh.
— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) June 10, 2016
Like Forrest Gump, it all comes back to Obama. https://t.co/YCCc5FTx1K
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) June 10, 2016
@TwitchyTeam Everything he does and says is always about him.
— A. L. Smith (@TeachingPro06) June 10, 2016
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