Rev. Warren References MLK in Invocation
Obama's pick sparked gay-rights controversy
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 20, 2009 10:58 AM CST

(Newser) – Offering the invocation at Barack Obama's inauguration, Rev. Rick Warren called the moment “a hinge-point in history: the first inauguration of an African American as the 44th president.” The controversial pastor added, “We know that today Dr King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven.” Following his speech, Aretha Franklin belted out My Country ‘Tis of Thee.