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Obama, Politicians React to Robin Williams' Death

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:42:38 +0000

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- It's not just celebrities mourning the death of Robin Williams -- politicians are also reflecting on the life of the actor and comic.

Obama said in a statement, "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.  The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said, "San Francisco mourns the profound loss of Robin Williams who inspired us with his comedy and art. His legacy has had a deep and inspiring impact on our City and on our residents.

His ties to San Francisco were deep, having found early success in our City's comedy clubs with his popular stand-up routines and where he was destined to launch a successful career that included starring roles in classic television shows and big screen success including an Academy Award.

Despite his success, he has never forgotten San Francisco. He was a philanthropist who gave generously, and he was a friend of the City. San Francisco is heartbroken by the tragic loss of Robin Williams who forever changed the world with laughter and joy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time of mourning."

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted, "We will never forget how you made us laugh. Rest in peace, Robin Williams."

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote on Twitter, "Rest in peace, Robin Williams—a tragic ending to an inspired life and illustrious artist."

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