Obama 'deeply saddened' by loss of Lautenberg
June 3rd, 2013
12:09 PM ET
11 months ago

Obama 'deeply saddened' by loss of Lautenberg

(CNN) – President Barack Obama expressed his condolences following Sen. Frank Lautenberg's death early Monday morning.

The longtime Democratic senator from New Jersey and last surviving World War II veteran in the Senate died of viral pneumonia.

Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg, a proud New Jerseyan who lived America's promise as a citizen, and fought to keep that promise alive as a senator.

The son of working-class immigrants, Frank joined the Army during World War II, went to college on the GI Bill, and co-founded one of America's most successful companies. First elected to the Senate in 1982, he improved the lives of countless Americans with his commitment to our nation's health and safety, from improving our public transportation to protecting citizens from gun violence to ensuring that members of our military and their families get the care they deserve. Michelle and I extend our deepest condolences to Bonnie, the Lautenberg family, and the people of New Jersey, whom Frank served so well.


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  1. The Facts

    Only sad because of the vote. A Senile Senator is a Party's best Senator.

    June 3, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Tommy G

    I hope Christie appoints a Republican to hold the seat. NJ has done well under him so the people of NJ deserve Republican representation at the national level as well.

    June 3, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. just sayin

    while his passing is sad, so isn't the fact that he should have limited the time he served in congress and spent more of it with his family or doing good in the private sector,or with charities. life long government positions are not good for him, nor us, in the long run.

    June 3, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The only thing right wingers will take from the President's comments are "from improving our public transportation to protecting citizens from gun violence."

    June 3, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    All Obama is worried about, is losing the seat.

    June 3, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Truth

    Obama is simply sad because he lost a party line vote.
    Christy will appoint a Democrat because he wants to "appease" Obama...

    June 3, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. R1917

    Johnny G, I see you know nothing about the Senate, Mr Lautenbury was a Democrat, the govenor will have to replace
    him with a Democrat! Sorry but we got you!!!!!

    June 3, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Apparently the message about Republicans and conservatives needing to repair their image has either not reached some folks, or is being flat out ignored. Rest in Peace, Senator.

    June 3, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    All Obama is worried about, is losing the seat.
    *************
    Let me guess...and you are overjoyed at the prospect of getting one?

    June 3, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. ST

    Rest in peace grandpa. You will be missed and you played your part in your life. What you left to be solved, will be tackled if at all by those who are concerned. If they will not do it, your business is finished and no one will blame you any more.

    June 3, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Hey Gov. Christie, you may want to give Corey Booker a call.

    June 3, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Hey Gov. Christie, you may want to give Corey Booker a call.
    ------
    Ummmmmmmmmmmm.... no.

    June 3, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. anonymous

    I hear Anthony Weiner is looking for a government office!! I'm sure he would move to NJ....

    June 3, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Guest

    Appoint John Corzine.... He's not in prison yet right? Tjis would give him some protection and he's already a crook so he'd fit right in.

    June 3, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    while his passing is sad, so isn't the fact that he should have limited the time he served in congress and spent more of it with his family or doing good in the private sector,or with charities. life long government positions are not good for him, nor us, in the long run.
    ******************
    With respect, a public career is a choice, both on the part of the person who wants to serve and the voters who decide if they want him or her. Term-limits is also a choice of the voters as well, but can we please focus on the fact that one of the last of the Greatest Generation serving in Congress has passed? We all could learn a lot by emulating their work and their attitude towards service.

    June 3, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |