Elijah Cummings, the U.S. representative from Baltimore, was a great man and deserving of the huge tribute in song, prayer and eulogies at his funeral today. It was also a stark reminder, through eulogies by Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, of how far the stature of the presidency has sunk.

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Here’s a Washington Post account, which mentions how Cummings was hurt by Donald Trump’s remarks about Balitmore.

Clinton praised Cummings’reverence for the law and Constitution.  That was one  Trump implication.

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And then there was Obama who drew a laugh when he said “all kinds of people” get called honorable when elected to public office. But some are honorable before they get there, like Cummings.

Obama said “being a strong man includes being kind” and that it’s not a sign of weakness to be honorable or to look out for others.

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“You are not a sucker to have integrity and to treat others with respect,” said Obama

A little shade cast over a man who did not speak at the funeral?

Hillary Clinton also spoke and drew a large cheer when comparing Cummings to the Old Testament prophet for whom he was named and who also “stood against corrupt leadership.”

Donald Trump didn’t attend. He went to a rally today in South Carolina, where Rep. Joe “You Lie” Wilson giddily tweeted about his arrival. That’s a pair made in wherever guys like them are made.

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