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President Obama Needs To Make Statement on Michael Jackson’s Death

June 26, 2009

UPDATED

When Elvis Presley died in 1977  President Jimmy Carter issued a statement on the passing of a cultural icon and musical legend.  Considering the world-wide impact that Michael Jackson was, and the fact he was the product of America, I think it essential that President Obama make a statement.  As of this writing he has not done so.  And it is a glaring absence.  One need not embrace all parts of Michael Jackson’s life to make the point that he was a musical phenomenon that requires recognition, and respect at this time.

Mr. President, the world is waiting.  This is not enough.

Here are the words used by President Carter at the time of Elvis Presley’s death.

Elvis Presley’s death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique and irreplaceable. More than 20 years ago, he burst upon the scene with an impact that was unprecedented and will probably never be equaled. His music and his personality, fusing the styles of white country and black rhythm and blues, permanently changed the face of American popular culture. His following was immense, and he was a symbol to people the world over of the vitality, rebelliousness, and good humor of his country.

11 Comments
  1. olivia permalink
    July 19, 2009 11:49 AM

    I’m also very disappointed in President Obama. And given his praise of Cronkite, I’m livid. As Rev. Sharpton said, it was Michael Jackson who opened doors for Obama.Poster Jill called his silence political saavy, more like political suicide. He has a huge black following and many of us are very disturbed by this. I was one of his biggest supporters but no longer.

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