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.