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Obama: Williams had “Immeasurable Talent”

President Obama Monday paid tribute to comedian Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63 of a suspected suicide.

The president issued a statement I thought was nicely done, a few cliches notwithstanding. I mean, I know they’re on vacation, but, “He made us laugh. He made us cry?” Stop it. It’s the type of thing Williams could never have said with a straight face.

But otherwise, sounds sincere. Williams has been kind of an outsized presence in many of our lives and, I assuming, since his teens, Obama’s too.

Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between.  But he was one of a kind.  He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.  He made us laugh.  He made us cry.  He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.  The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.

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25 Responses to Obama: Williams had “Immeasurable Talent”

  1. Congratulations to POTUS and his handlers for once again finding a way to work a word only defined in Urban Dictionary into a press release.

  2. It’s always tragic when anyone suffers a burden so heavy that they are compelled to take their own life. It always seems like such a waste. So sad. And yes, Williams was a very talented, giving human being – a good person (politics aside).

    On the other hand, Obama’s words (probably written by a speechwriter) are meaningless to me. He is a Democrat Hollywood celebrity chaser, along with his wife. If it had been Clint Eastwood, he wouldn’t have said a work. Just as he said nothing when Neil Armstrong died a little over a year ago.

    And, btw, has he ever paid tribute or expressed condolences about the dead General in Af/Ghan?

      • NANU NANU!
        As my friends and I were getting dressed to go out dancing back than, we still made the time to stop and watch: Mork & Mindy.
        As far as O’s comment, I turned him off. He flew though a couple of repeated statements yesterday, without taking questions.
        The point of not him not saying a word about Gen. Geene has been made a couple of times here already.
        I feel that was total disrespect for all of the military.

  3. Obama certainly didn’t write that, not enough I, Me, Mine references.

    He’s also being slammed on twitter for ignoring the newly martyred black boy in St. Louis. I’m sure he will soon since the NAACP and Sharpton are on their way.

    • He doesn’t need another martyred black boy after Trayvon. The ’12 election is over. He’s concentrating on 90,000 persecuted brown children getting him over the finish line come this November.

      • Nope. Holder going after the policeman who shot the young black man in Missouri. No details yet. But one can assume, whether the shooting was justified or not,it will be deemed a hate crime. DOJ going after this only fans the fire of the rioting. Race baiting, race hustling bunch of thugs that’s what this Administration and certainly Eric Holder and his roving band of shysters at the Department of Injustice are all about.

  4. Possibly more words than he uttered on the death of Mj.Gen. Harold Greene who was killed in Afghanistan, or Sgt. Tahmoressi who rots in a Mexican hellhole and certainly more emotion.

    • Do you have a source or reference for ANYTHING that dumbo said about the General? Even one word i can track down attributable to him? That’s what i thought…there are none. To the best of my knowledge he has never said one word publicly. Please correct me if i am wrong. I am, however, betting that he and VJ cheered and had a glass of pricey wine to celebrate.

  5. Kind words, but it just bugs me that the office of the president thinks they need a statement for everything. Stick to the big things. (And this didn’t start with Obama).

    • Which in some circles is called acting. What actor has only one mood–one specialty–well, maybe some character actors who end up as cops or gangsters. This is not to take away from Williams–he was one of a kind, if you don’t count Jonathan Winters, Red Skelton, and some other improvisers. As for me–the overly earnest soppy roles did not grab me. Patch Adams? But rest in peace, please rest in peace. You have to give credit to someone who gave pleasure to so many in this world.

      • He didn’t just play sappy or comedy. For example, One Hour Photo. He could definitely play creepy psycho. I also thought Final Cut was an interesting movie too.

        I really enjoyed his latest tv show with Sarah Michelle Gellar – the execs didn’t give it a chance and axed it.

  6. Well thank heavens Dictator Obama has weighed in on the death of Robin Williams. I will now sleep more securely tonight knowing that our beloved Dicatator’s is focusing like a lazer on all of the critical life or death issues confronting our nation today like the suicide of a fading comedian and actor.

    And now back to his vacation while the world and our country dissolves into chaos and abject poverty. Ahhhh! Ain’t life sweeet when you’re a Dictator!