Jarrett Invokes Obama at Ali Funeral: Inspired a ‘Young, Mixed Kid with a Funny Name’

He 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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White House adviser Valerie Jarrett invoked President Obama at today's funeral for Muhammad Ali. From her remarks:

JARRETT: "He had everything stripped from him, his titles, his standing, his money, his passion. Very nearly his freedom. But Ali still chose America. 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. 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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