Obama: Roger Ebert 'Was The Movies'

President Barack Obama issued a statement Thursday on the death of legendary film critic Roger Ebert, praising the writer for "capturing the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical."

The full statement:

Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert. For a generation of Americans - and especially Chicagoans - Roger was the movies. When he didn't like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive - capturing the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical. Even amidst his own battles with cancer, Roger was as productive as he was resilient - continuing to share his passion and perspective with the world. The movies won't be the same without Roger, and our thoughts and prayers are with Chaz and the rest of the Ebert family.

Ebert, who wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years, passed away Thursday after battling cancer. He was 70 years old.

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