Barack and Michelle Obama have joined the rest of the world in mourning the loss of Dick Clark after a sudden heart attack took his life on Wednesday.
The President and his First Lady have released a LOVELY joint statement, which perfectly honors "America's oldest teenager," as Obama calls him.
Obama declares that the American Bandstand host is responsible for introducing "decades' worth of viewers to the music of our times" and praises him for "the way he made us feel."
Read the entire statement from the Commander In Chief and his wife … AFTER THE JUMP!
"Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Dick Clark. With American Bandstand, he introduced decades' worth of viewers to the music of our times. He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer. And, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year. But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel - as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was. As we say a final "so long" to Dick Clark, America's oldest teenager, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends - which number far more than he knew."
Such an eloquent and heartfelt message! We're sure Dick Clark's family truly appreciated that!
Thank you for taking the time to honor a man who has helped shape American pop culture for the last 50 years, guys!
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