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Obama mourns Roger Ebert: "Roger was the movies"

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Roger Ebert passed away on Thursday. It's a very sad day for the Chicago Sun-Times and Roger's many friends. President Barack Obama sent his condolences in a statement:

"Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert. For a generation of Americans - and especially Chicagoans - Roger was the movies. When he didn't like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive - capturing the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical. Even amidst his own battles with cancer, Roger was as productive as he was resilient - continuing to share his passion and perspective with the world. The movies won't be the same without Roger, and our thoughts and prayers are with Chaz and the rest of the Ebert family."

Chicago Sun-Times Neil Steinberg's tribute to Roger is HERE.

The Sun-Times package on Rogert Ebert is HERE.

Roger's last blog post was April 2--headlined "A leave of presence" --and it is HERE.

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