I saw the comment by Obama on Prince’s death and decided to compare other statements on the death of important people from him:
On the death of Prince: “Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer. “A strong spirit transcends rules,” Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.”
On the death of Michael Brown: “The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, theDepartment of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed. I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve,” Obama says.
On the death of Steve Jobs: “Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators — brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world and talented enough to do it.
By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the Internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grown-ups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: He changed the way each of us sees the world.
The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife, Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.”
And, here’s how much he dedicated to the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
On the death of Justice Scalia: “Antonin Scalia was a brilliant legal mind. … He influenced a generation of judges, lawyers, and students, and profoundly shaped the legal landscape.” “He will no doubt be remembered as one of the most consequential judges and thinkers to serve on the Supreme Court.” “Tonight we honor his extraordinary service to our nation,” he added.
Z: I guess you have to be a liberal. Or Black. I thought this was sad. I suppose I’m being a bit petty, but when I saw how much Obama had to say about Prince, I wondered about the length of other statements and was a little appalled, I have to admit. I just wish he was a president who spoke for. and about, all Americans; I thought that was his job.
AND….did you watch the wall to wall coverage on PRINCE on the cable networks last night? I happen to have liked Prince; I liked his music, I thought he was a fascinating guy, pretty intelligent in interviews…I don’t have a Prince CD but I did like him. But doesn’t he deserve privacy at his death? Are we GHOULS? Isn’t it too much coverage? (one of the facts all cables are leaving out, particularly Anderson Cooper, is that Prince was anti gay marriage…oops).