Rev. Al Sharpton as Obama's voice
Although unable to personally attend services, the Obamas sent a letter to be read by Rev. Al Sharpton (seen here at Michael Jackson's funeral). "(E)very time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine," they wrote in a statement. "She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance."