President Obama Sends Condolences To Michael Jackson’s Family, Fans


Although President Obama held a press conference on Friday (June 26), no one asked him for his reaction to the news of Michael Jackson’s death on Thursday in Los Angeles. In a separate press conference, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that reporters seemed too shy to ask the president about the legendary singer — even though he is an avowed music fan — so Gibbs said that he spoke with Obama about Jackson’s passing.

"I talked to [the president] about it this morning. He said to me that obviously Michael Jackson was a spectacular performer and a music icon," Gibbs said, according to Newsweek. "I think everybody remembers hearing his songs, watching him moonwalk on television during Motown’s 25th anniversary. But the president also said [Jackson] had aspects of his life that were sad and tragic. And his condolences went out to the Jackson family and to the fans that mourned his loss."

The president joins a very long list of notable figures paying tribute to the singer, including longtime friends like Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Madonna.

"I can’t stop crying; this is too sudden and shocking," Jackson’s longtime friend and co-star in "The Wiz," Diana Ross, told MTV News in a statement. "I am unable to imagine this. My heart is hurting. I am in prayer for his kids and the family."

Madonna said in a statement, "I can’t stop crying over the sad news. I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats, but his music will live on forever! My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless."



美国国会众议院26日暂停辩论,全体默哀片刻,以纪念25日去世的美国流行歌坛巨星Michael Jackson. 

在众议院当天辩论能源政策法案时,来自加利福尼亚州的众议员黛安娜·沃森提议在场议员全体起立,为Michael Jackson默哀,以向他留下的文化遗产表示敬意.他说,众议院同时向Michael Jackson的家人、朋友和歌迷们表示慰问.


另据报道,白宫发言人吉布斯当天说,美国总统奥巴马认为,尽管Michael Jackson的个人生活并不尽如人意,但他是一名杰出艺人和流行音乐标志性人物.他说,奥巴马已向Michael Jackson的家人和歌迷表示慰问.




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