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Bridget Johnson

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February 25, 2014 - 6:48 am

President Obama said in a statement this morning that he was mourning the loss of actor, writer, producer and director Harold Ramis as his films made him “question authority.”

Ramis died Monday from vasculitis at age 69.

“Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Harold Ramis, one of America’s greatest satirists, and like so many other comedic geniuses, a proud product of Chicago’s Second City,” Obama said.

“When we watched his movies – from Animal House and Caddyshack to Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day – we didn’t just laugh until it hurt. We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog,” the president continued. “And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Harold’s wife, Erica, his children and grandchildren, and all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness.”

That’s a reference to one of Bill Murray’s lines in Caddyshack: “So we finish the eighteenth and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, ‘Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.’ And he says, ‘Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.’ So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.”

Here’s a fine Ramis clip from later in his career, as the pro-life dad of Seth Rogen in Knocked Up:

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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"I have come to the end of myself." It is then, and only then he starts to look outside of himself for answers. My favorite line in any movie, ever.
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Like the proverbial stopped clock Obama finally said something right. Harold Ramis was one of the funniest people of the 20th Century, extraordinarily talented on both sides of the camera. This is the first celebrity death in a long time that has me genuinely saddened.
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I think the president meant to say "I lit up a blunt while watching Caddyshack, man, that was some funny sh!t!"
42 weeks ago
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"We questioned authority," said the Authority.
42 weeks ago
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Yes, Obama's speechwriter put in a callout to Caddyshack. Obama probably never saw the movie.
42 weeks ago
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At the country club, 0 would be eating his own snot.

He would never escape Groundhog Day.

He would be crushed by the Pillsbury Doughboy.

And do you really think he would be OK with giving the Army a missile-firing RV?



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"We quested authority."
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