June 28th, 2009
10:17 AM ET
5 years ago

Axelrod: Obama has written Jackson family

President Obama has written a letter to Michael Jackson's family, an Obama adviser said Sunday morning.
President Obama has written a letter to Michael Jackson's family, an Obama adviser said Sunday morning.

(CNN) - President Barack Obama has written to the family of Michael Jackson rather than making a public statement, his senior adviser said Sunday.

Appearing on the NBC program "Meet the Press," Obama adviser David Axelrod said Obama believes Jackson was "an important and magnificent performer" who made an undeniable impact on music and entertainment.

Asked why Obama had yet to speak publicly about Jackson's sudden death last week at age 50, Axelrod said: "The president has written the family and has shared his feelings with the family."

"He felt that was the appropriate way to go," Axelrod said.

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  1. Stock Footage

    It's because Obama thinks he's better than Michael Jackson. He thinks he's the biggest "black star" right now and he's jealous. That's why he's not releasing a press statement. I mean when Diana died Bill Clinton gave a statement on TV. Are you telling me that Michael Jackson is not as big as Diana? He definitely had a personal and emotional connection to people perhaps more so than Diana had. Saying that he's busy is no excuse.

    He should release a press statement to respect the fans. Even though a letter to the family is nice.

    June 28, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Tina

    For those of you complaining about all of the coverage of MJ's death, and the media completely ignorning Farrah and Ed, MJ was a bigger star than Farrah and Ed combined, so of course the media is going to focus on the bigger star.

    The death of MJ is a story that the media can milk for days. The death of Farrah and Ed are not.

    Remember, the media has to have something to fill their 24 hour news cycle. The death of MJ provides a story that can be addressed from a number of issues which gives the media plenty of material to fill their 24 hour news cycle.

    June 28, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Sheri

    Stock Footage – It's because Obama thinks he's better than Michael Jackson. He thinks he's the biggest "black star" right now and he's jealous. That's why he's not releasing a press statement. ----------–
    First off he is not a "black star" he the President of the United States, leader of the Free World! Secondly, I love when people "think" and I use that term loosely they know what another human is thinking or feeling! Thirdly to compare Princess Diana and Michael Jackson is apples and oranges! Michael is the greatest entertainer the world will ever know, Princess Diana was a Royal from a friendly country, she did great works, her's if you remember was a STATE Funeral, she was still considered part of the Royal family. Get a grip!

    June 28, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. E.C.Coleman

    Obama may have written the Jackson family, but just be CERTAIN that he writes No More Letters to IRAN and North Korea.

    June 28, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. B.H.

    The whole country is coming apart and we are spending huge amounts of time discussing the life and times of Jackson.....

    Show us what we find most important in this country now..

    June 28, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. susie

    I would like to see Obama write a letter to each soilder who has died in Iraq.

    June 28, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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