Barack Obama Says He and Michelle “Are Heartbroken” Over Passing of “Friend” Elijah Cummings

Former President Barack Obama says he and Michelle “are heartbroken” over the passing of their friend, Elijah Cummings.

Obama says that as chairman of the House oversight committee, Cummings “showed us all not only the importance of checks and balances within our democracy, but also the necessity of good people stewarding it.”

Obama’s statement calls the Democrat from Maryland “steely yet compassionate, principled yet open to new perspectives” and “steadfast in his pursuit of truth, justice, and reconciliation.”

Obama said “it’s a tribute to his native Baltimore that one of its own brought such character, tact, and resolve into the halls of power every day,” and he hopes Cummings’ example will “inspire more Americans to pick up the baton and carry it forward in a manner worthy of his service.”

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SOURCE: Associated Press