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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the President on the Passing of Pete Seeger

Once called “America’s tuning fork,” Pete Seeger believed deeply in the power of song.  But more importantly, he believed in the power of community – to stand up for what’s right, speak out against what’s wrong, and move this country closer to the America he knew we could be.  Over the years, Pete used his voice – and his hammer – to strike blows for worker’s rights and civil rights; world  peace and environmental conservation.  And he always invited us to sing along.  For reminding us where we come from and showing us where we need to go, we will always be grateful to Pete Seeger.  Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Pete’s family and all those who loved him.