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Obama mourns passing of Harold Ramis

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There are many things to criticize President Obama for -- I won't even list them since you know what they are -- but give him credit when he issues a statement about a famous citizen who has passed.

Obama on Tuesday released a statement regarding the death of Harold Ramis, the actor, writer and director who was responsible for such classics as “Ghostbusters” and “Caddyshack.”

“Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Harold Ramis, one of America’s greatest satirists, and like so many other comedic geniuses, a proud product of Chicago’s Second City,” Obama said.

“When we watched his movies — from ‘Animal House’ and ‘Caddyshack’ to ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Groundhog Day’ — we didn’t just laugh until it hurt. 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,” Obama continued.

“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.”

Still, there is something to criticize Obama about in this case: He never publicly mourned the passing of Shirley Temple Black, the beloved child star who later became a respected diplomat and served as ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia (she was a Republican).

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