Heavy D's Last Tweet Before He Died [pic]


President Obama Sends Personalized Letter To Heavy-D Funeral

Remember the story of Heavy-D, a rapper who was influential in the development of rap? He tragically died in Los Angeles last November at only 44 years of age. His family said the death was due to complications from pneumonia.

President Barack Obama sent a note to Heavy D’s funeral which was attended by stars Jay-Z, Salt n Pepper, Usher, Queen Latifah, Diddy, Don King, Q-Tip, John Legend, Rosie Perez, and others. President Obama’s note read: “We extend our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. He will be remembered for his infectious optimism and many contributions to American music. Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.” Rev. Al Sharpton quoted the note at the service.

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Now, remember the faces of the boys and girls who were in the ROTC when you were in school? I remember how, before our high school football game, these young people carried the flag onto the football field, marching proud and straight. Can you hear the band playing the National Anthem as these boys and girls stood by our flag? Maybe some of these students sat next to you in class.

I don’t know about you, but I can relate more to these kids more than I can to Heavy-D. They represent “us” … we the boys and girls in the everyday neighborhoods across America. Most of us are not rappers in Hollywood. So when young American men and women — some as young as 18 years old — die serving us and our families, I am moved.

And what I cannot understand is if President Obama has time to send a personalized note to the heartbroken family of rapper Heavy-D (something I am not being critical of), why is he sending form letters to the heartbroken parents of our fallen seals? Yes form letters, ladies and gentlemen, you know, the mailers you get in your mailbox everyday trying to sell you something?

This is a case where I believe actions speak louder than words. You spend time on what matters to you.

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