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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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