WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama called Michael Jackson one of the "greatest entertainers" whose talent as a performer was paired with a "sad personal life," in his first comments about the singer since his death last Thursday.
"I am glad to see that he is being remembered primarily for the great joy that he brought to a lot of people through his extraordinary gifts as an entertainer," Obama said in an interview Friday with the Associated Press.
Obama said he grew up on Jackson's music and that "I still have all of his stuff on my iPod."
"I think that Michael Jackson will go down in history as one of our greatest entertainers," Obama also said in the interview. "I think that his brilliance as a performer also was paired with a tragic and in many ways sad personal life."
Obama said he didn't see any controversy over the fact that he didn't issue a statement immediately upon the singer's death. He told the AP that he knows "a lot of people in the black community" and that he hadn't heard anything about it.