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President Obama Says Roger Ebert 'Was The Movies' In Official White House Statement

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We lost a legend today. The renowned film critic Roger Ebert passed after an arduous battle with cancer. And yet, his influence in film and criticism remains as visible as it ever has been.

President Obama released a statement upon the announcement of Roger's death, saying:

"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."

"Roger was the movies." It could not have been put more perfectly.

Rest in peace, friend. We'll see ya at the movies. :(

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7 comments to “President Obama Says Roger Ebert 'Was The Movies' In Official White House Statement”

  1. cararsll says – reply to this


    The piece of crap will release a statement for anything Hollywood, but has yet to even acknowledge Chris Kyle, a war veteran and hero. Wow.

  2. lex says – reply to this


    why the hell does he have to make a statement on shit going on in hollywood?? even further proof he's a fame whore and a horrible mistake on america's part.

  3. 3

    While I agree his statement was not needed I must admit I'm in shock. He just announced he was sick again. I guess he knew he was in trouble this time. I am assuming things were kept quiet about how bad things really were to protect his privacy. I have been amazed by his courage through his battle with cancer that left him unable to talk or eat for many years. He never let that depress him…he kept going when most of us would have quit. He made the best out of each set back and fought to the end. Goodbye Roger may God give you the thumbs up when you reach the gates of heaven.

  4. patricia abernathy says – reply to this


    Cararsll,wasn't that the idiot who took a shell shocked man onto a shooting range? How does the worst case of stupidity on the face of GODS green earth qualify him as a HERO? It only qualifies him as DEAD.

  5. Mr Pete says – reply to this


    We have Korea lining up to fire missals at us
    We have Iran with Nuclear saying the will destroy us
    We have Israel firing rockets into Gaza
    And Obama is out in Hollywood schmoozing and campaigning,
    Someone tell him the election is over, he won

  6. 6

    I will miss Roger, but wish Obama would spend time on solving the sequester problem.

  7. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: cararsll – I noticed that. More statements focused on presidential issues would be more welcome.