Obama Celebrates Harold Ramis

Says of the late actor: “We didn’t just laugh until it hurt. We questioned authority.”

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Director Harold Ramis in Hollywood in 1984.

President Barack Obama lauded the late actor Harold Ramis on Tuesday, saying he and First Lady Michelle Obama were “saddened to hear of the passing of one of America’s greatest satirists.” Ramis, of Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day fame, died Monday at 69.

“When we watched his movies—from ‘Animal House’ and ‘Caddyshack’ to ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Groundhog Day’—we didn’t just laugh until it hurt,” Obama said in a statement. “We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog. And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings. Our thoughts and prayers are with Harold’s wife, Erica, his children and grandchildren, and all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness.”

The end of the statement is a nod to a line delivered by Bill Murray in one of Ramis’ most popular films, Caddyshack.

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FrankCaridi
FrankCaridi

A beautiful statement.   The nod to the Caddyshack line that actually applies perfectly is really, really cool.  Chicagoans especially feel the loss of Harold Ramis, a genuinely awesome guy.  It's nice to have the leader of the free world feel what you're feeling.  I feel this sentiment in earnest…regardless of not writing it myself.

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not able to offer his own thoughts, his speech writer quotes a WSJ article This info from NY, daily news

 “The stuff I was doing in the late '70s and '80s was, and I’m as Jewish as anybody, more about me coming of age in the ’60s and my attraction to a revolutionary spirit in both personal, cultural and political matters,” Ramis told The Wall Street Journal in 2009. “My early movies were all about individuals against institutions, and empowering the underdogs. I always thought of our characters as smart rebels, as opposed to losers.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/actor-harold-ramis-dead-69-article-1.1699957

Elsa
Elsa

what can I say?? some people have the possibility to laugh until they cramp up. Others never laugh. What is so funny about politics today? Tell me please!!!