President Obama Pays Tribute to Harold Ramis With a Caddyshack Joke

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Feb. 25 2014 10:03 AM

President Obama Pays Tribute to Harold Ramis With a Caddyshack Joke

It appears as though there's at least one copy of Caddyshack floating around the White House. Here is the statement President Obama released this morning on the passing of Harold Ramis, the comedy legend behind that classic and a whole slew of others (emphasis mine):

Michelle 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.  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.  And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Harold’s wife, Erica, his children and grandchildren, and all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness.
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That last line, as any child who grew up quoting Caddyshack will tell you, is a nod to Bill Murray's great Dalai Lama speech from the movie:

(h/t @jdickerson)

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