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Obama Issues Statement on the Passing of Roger Ebert

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.

28 Responses to Obama Issues Statement on the Passing of Roger Ebert

  1. I always read his reviews–but he sort of curdled, no offense, when he went on Twitter blasting Palin, etc. Kind of bitter and sad. But…rest in peace.

  2. No disrespect intended to Mr. Ebert, but he was a figure in BHO’s world of preference, entertainment. BHO is not comfortable in the gritty, adult world where people are often called to make sacrifices for which there is no second take.

  3. R.I.P. Roger Ebert and condolences to your family. But am verklempt my Prezzy acknowledged this, so quickly, too? Meh. So many heros and artists he’s ignored that makes me skeptical?

  4. Every time someone in my peer group dies, it’s a reminder that life does have an ending that comes too soon, and sometimes not soon enough.
    He fought the big “C” valiantly, and as of yesterday was still fighting, but it wasn’t enough.

    I looked forward to his reviews of current movies and was saddened when his voice was silenced. Rest in peace, Roger.

    MrObama’s many statements of regrets all have one thing in common; he never includes the rest of us in the statement, only he and Michelle are “saddened”. He should have said “All of America who enjoyed MrEbert’s reviews of the movies, as did Michelle and I,……………………..”
    A little thing, for sure, but with a large meaning.

  5. He received the prezzy’s comment because Ebert was a vocal critic of the tea party calling them racist and crazy for wearing American flag shirts and pins. I would have rather he stuck to reviewing movies but it’s a free country – for now.

  6. I’ll hold my opinion about this person because my parents taught me not to speak ill of the dead. Interesting how Preezy Revenge is johnny-on-the-spot with a statement on some leftist movie critic, but just couldn’t be bothered to acknowledge the death of Chris Kyle, one of the most decorated and talented military snipers in American history.

    • Perhaps, besides their mutual disdain for conservatives, Mr. Obama felt a kinship with Roger Ebert because of their Chicago roots, and because they were both reviewers: Ebert of films, Obama of brackets. As for Kyle, Obama has trouble recognizing, much less honoring, a man who truly had that spine of steel that he was wrongly credited with, and who was world class with a tool that Obama has a visceral hatred for.

  7. This is Nest Feathering 101. People of merit pass every day. Few get Presidential attention unless there is another motive. Either he or Moo are headed to show business after they finish their Administration. This statement is donor/career oriented.

  8. Ah, but Roger Ebert was an Obama supporter.

    I am sorry for the man–I am sorry for almost all people who die in their time or not–and there’s a certain bravery to the way he fought this disease. But I never read most of his reviews. Those that I did read I didn’t always agree with, and I prefer to make my own judgments, about movies and about politicians.

    • I am sorry he passed too but……..Where’s the mention of that Sheriff assassinated? The prison official? The DA? Ebert was paid for his opinions, he was articulate, even likable. I don’t care about his politics. It bothers me far more when I see a First Responder type killed in cold blood and the only POSSIBLE reason he/she merits a word from POTUS is a chance to dwell on gun control.

  9. Mr. Ebert, God rest his soul, is one of the Celebrity Icons whom low information voters and others adored. And rightly so. The man lived his work and informed the public, not just Chicagoans. But Mr. Obama gets more votes eulogizing Mr. Ebert than a true American hero, Navy Seal Chris Pyle.
    Shame on you Sir, when you meet your maker, please explain…..

    Spell check not working if I’ve erred.

  10. This statement doesn’t surprise me. Obama and MO are Hollywood wannabes and idolize celebrities as if they’re infatuated little teeny boppers. No offense to teeny boppers intended.