(CNN) - President Obama thinks Michael Jackson was a "spectacular performer" but also a man with aspects of his life that were "sad and tragic," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday.
"I talked to him about it this morning," Gibbs said in the White House's first reaction to Jackson's death. "Look, he said to me that obviously Michael Jackson was a spectacular performer, a music icon. I think everybody remembers hearing his songs, watching the moon walk on television during Motown's 25th anniversary."
"But the president also said, look, he had aspects of his life were sad and tragic," Gibbs added. "His condolences went out to the Jackson family and to fans who mourn his loss."
Gibbs was quickly pressed over why the White House did not issue a formal statement on Jackson's death.
"Because I just said it," he said.
My grandfather died...why didn't he get a statement from Obama???
The Press At It Best. I'm glad Gibbs has backbone.
"Gibbs was quickly pressed over why the White House did not issue a formal statement on Jackson's death. "
Because there are more important things concerning the POTUS right now.
Hey – representatives are having their "moment of silence" and just the other day had their hours to work on foreign resolutions.
Let SOMEONE work for this nation, for heaven's sake. It's not like we're paying them for nothing.
Oh wait --
Guess we have been paying them for foreign resolutions and tv camera time bickering.
White house will take its time to respond to Michael's death at the appropriate time. Though it is quite unfortunate that it is a rude shock to all of us, everything should be done in a timely manner, and not under pressure.
I can appreciate President Obama's comment. I am glad he sent his condolences to Michael Jackson's family. I never knew Michael Jackson, but I wish I had. I experienced his music and his songs. I’ll Be There is a beautiful song. Thriller changed my life. Michael seemed complex and sensitive. He was a musical genius and an icon. His childhood was lost to him. He was human. He made mistakes. He touched the lives of millions, and gave us all he had. Though I never knew him, I feel as though I did. He was my friend, and he shall be sorely missed.
How about Farah?
Good one the press is so stupid.....
Gibbs is so full of it. "Because i said it"??wow, how about just admitting the truth once in awhile.
That's appropriate. I hope Obama does the same thing for my wallet when he gets through stealing everything out of it to give to George Soros, ACORN and the unions.
Michael was a great loss for the world and more so for the usa
It is very sad that the first Minority President of the United States took a day to issue condolences to one of the greatest musical entertainers in American history is sad. Obama is a political Hustler. If he stop kissing up to rogue regimes he would have found the time to send his regards to the family. It's a shame when other world leaders send their regards, but the U.S. President decides it is not important enough or his time. Obama has faults just like all humans so to speak of sadness in Michael's life is an insult to mankind.
i feel sorry that OBAMA is afraid to issue statement for the lost of our icon. M. Jackson.
What about Farrah Fawcett? No condolences for her family? Hmm, I wonder why.
Shame on the White House§
Same on you Obama!
Rude and disrespectful. Not that I expect anything better from Obama.
We also lost Farrah Fawcett.
Awwwwwwww how sweet. You mean he didn't say that he inherited the problem? Or better yet, it's all Bush's fault.
Amazing. I guess when they say you can learn something new everyday it applies to the chosen one as well.
Obama's silence is indicative of something, not sure what, but it troubles me...culturally tone-deaf, straddling the political fence, making moral judgments, not sure but I think it's weird and I've been a big supporter of his.
for as strange aas Michale was he sue did write soe nice sons.. his actions wee always a little to be unnderstood tho.
Uh oh.. Obama waited until the next day! How dare he!
I can't wait to hear about that.
If this is considered a formal statement then Obama is one cold President.
With everything that's going on in the world, I think Gibb's statement for the president, is enough. Everyone thought Michael was a super entertainer and he gave the world a lot of good music.
That's enough from the president, his family is grieving. Leave them alone, so they can grieve in peace.
Why SHOULD the president make a statement about Jackson's death?! He was neither a statesman nor anything else but a CELEBRITY - he was famous for having [in my opinion] some talent [although HE WAS NOT THE MESSIAH!!] and for being a freak. The presidency is not a bully pulpit for CELEBRITY.
Just remember, Paris AND Perez Hilton are both "celebrities" - would you expect the president to comment on their deaths?
since when does the white house issue formal statements about celebrities death. Is the media mad they didn't issue one sooner? it's not really a political matter. maybe they didn't issue a formal statement sooner cause they are trying to fix health care, the economy, the war...GEEZE!!!