(Baltimore, MD-AP) – Two former presidents are heaping praise on the late Congressman Elijah Cummings. Speaking at Cummings’ funeral in Baltimore, Barack Obama said Cummings’ life validated “what is possible in life.” He noted that Cummings was a kind and compassionate man of “dogged determination.” Obama said Cummings’ commitment to justice and the rights of others would “never waiver.” He stressed that Cummings was a man of “noble and good heart.” Bill Clinton called Cummings the “real deal.”
Clinton said, no matter how hard he fought and how passionately he argued, Cummings tried to “treat everybody the way he wanted to be treated.” The veteran Maryland Democrat chaired the powerful House Oversight Committee and was one of the highest-ranking African-Americans in Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Cummings lived the American dream and wanted everyone else to have that opportunity. Pelosi noted the bipartisan tributes that have poured in since Cummings’ death last week at the age of 68.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Cummings a great man, a moral leader and a friend. She said Cummings was a fierce champion for truth and justice. Clinton also noted that Cummings “led from his soul.”