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Obama paid tribute on Tuesday to the five Dallas police officers who were killed by a lone gunman at a Black Lives Matter protest last week. The country is simultaneously mourning the officers' deaths and the shooting deaths of black men at the hands of police in Baton Rouge, La., and Falcon Heights, Minn.

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Obama consulted scripture in preparing Dallas remarks

U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 12, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 12, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama personally wrote much of the speech he will deliver Tuesday at the memorial for five slain Dallas police officers, working late into the night Monday on a draft.

The White House said Obama consulted scripture as he prepared his remarks.

He did the same last summer when he spoke at a memorial service for the victims of the Emmanuel AME Church massacre in North Charleston, S.C. The theme of his speech was "Amazing Grace," and he closed his remarks by singing the hymn.


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