President Obama on Tuesday paid tribute to actor and director Harold Ramis, calling him one of “America's greatest satirists.”
Ramis, who was behind many of Hollywood's biggest comedy hits, died on Monday at 69.
“[First lady] Michelle [Obama] 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,” said Obama in a written statement.
“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,” he continued. “And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings.”
In closing his note, the president offered condolences for “all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness,” the last line a reference to a classic scene from Ramis' 1980 sports comedy, “Caddyshack.”