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Bill Clinton made a joke during his speech at Aretha Franklin's funeral

Cheryl Kahla
Sep 05, 2018
07:57 A.M.
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Former President Bill Clinton gave a speech at Aretha Franklin's funeral at the Greater Grace Temple Detroit on Friday.

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He said Franklin was four years older than him, and he's been a "Franklin groupie" since his college days. Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa.

Clinton, 72, said Franklin drew out thousands on the day of her funeral "because she lived with courage." He added:

"Not without fear, but overcoming her fears. [...] She lived with power — not without weakness but overcoming her weaknesses. I just loved her."

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The former President also joked about the wardrobe changes during her viewing and said he was glad that the casket was still open when he arrived.

"Because I said, 'I wonder what my friend’s got on today. I wanna see what the girl is carrying out.'"

Clinton said that virtues "aren't in fashion" anymore and that Franklin was a wonderful example of "strenuous work ethic and dedication to the less fortunate."

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She cared for broken people, he added. Clinton finished his speech by playing "Think" from his cellphones and telling the crowd that it was the "best [he] could do."

Franklin passed away on August 16 at the age of 76, surrounded by her loved ones. She was under hospice care at the time and lost the battle with neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer.

Two days before her death, Clinton took to social media to pay tribute to his dear friend and said on Twitter that he and Hillary were listening to her music.

In his tweet, which received more than 90,000 likes and 13,000 shares, he explained that it had "been such an important part of our lives for the last 50 years," and added:

"We hope you’ll lift her up by listening and sharing her songs that have meant the most to you."

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