President Obama today said he was “saddened” by the death of film critic Roger Ebert:
Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert. For a generation of Americans – and especially Chicagoans – Roger was the movies. When he didn’t like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive – capturing the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical.
Even amidst his own battles with cancer, Roger was as productive as he was resilient – continuing to share his passion and perspective with the world. The movies won’t be the same without Roger, and our thoughts and prayers are with Chaz and the rest of the Ebert family.
Presidential statements of sadness are a rare posthumus honor, and whether a film critic should, shall we say, make the cut, is arguable.
But Obama still has said nothing about the death of Chris Kyle, the much decorated Navy SEAL who was the most prolific sniper in U.S. history. Having sent at least 160 Iraqi bad guys to a meeting with their Maker, Kyle surely did more for this country than Mr. Ebert, much as I enjoyed his reviews myself.