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And we are back reporting from Austin.
He spoke of the funeral for Ronald Reagan and he officiated at the burial of John F.
He calls it a front row seat to history.
And he's our power player of the -- -- -- saying that sometimes god puts us on our backs in order to get us to look up.
Barry black is chaplain of the US senate who opens each session with the prior year.
Lord bless our senators.
In their -- today but he does so much more.
-- before Bible study groves and acting as pastor to the senator's staff and their families.
People V apostle Paul in -- character force there are saints and caesar's household.
Part of that is private council -- -- who senators come to you.
With real private issues yes.
-- that if I told you -- have to kill you.
Senators also seek his advice on policy.
Especially when it comes to ethical issues such as the 2005 case of whether to remove Terri -- -- feeding to.
-- You know orchard -- gone me.
Schiavo issue and -- you tell them what you think is oh yes my position is nonpartisan nonsectarian.
But it doesn't mean that I have to put my -- a neutral.
Some of questioned whether opening the senate with a prayer violates the separation of church and state -- Black has no doubts there has been uninterrupted prayer since seventy -- -- If the senate can began its day in prayer.
Why can't -- public school I personally think.
We probably made -- a series.
By removing prayers for Obama from our.
Public schools -- black usually ask god for wisdom over but this summer as the debt ceiling debate drag dawn in the country near default.
-- prayers became more urgent.
We are -- from the struggle.
Attempted to throw him to talk me we're getting a little more intense but that was the way I felt and so -- poured out my heart to god that's what.
Or is black grew up and a Baltimore housing project his mother -- six dollars a day as the may.
She gave her kids five cents for each -- of scripture they could recite.
Until Barry black was ready to recite the entire book of Genesis from memory but what her reaction was.
-- he spent 27 years in the service becoming chief of navy chaplains before coming to the senate in 2000 race.
It's a remarkable story for a kid from the projects.
But black says that was always a plan.
When I was eight years a -- -- My mother brought home a record.
And I equate it over and over again until -- memorize -- from -- -- have been up a fund balance over the city of Davis.
If -- gonna -- -- it was the senate -- -- Peter Marshall.
Then follow him I never walk into this building without a sense of wonder.
And without a sense.
That this was my best and -- man.
Joplin block was elected -- was post when Republicans controlled the senate.
But he has stayed on what Democrats in charge.
And these days of congressional gridlock.
He's apparently one of the few things the -- kind of real.
And we'll be right.
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