the WHITE HOUSEPresident Barack Obama

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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement from the President on the Passing of Carlos Hernandez Gomez

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Carlos Hernandez Gomez.  Our paths first crossed when I was a State Senator.  He was a throwback in the style of Chicago’s storied political reporters.  He loved Chicago, and he relentlessly sought to tell its story with the commitment to truth and the insatiable curiosity that any good reporter has to have.  I quickly learned that when you saw his sharp fedora in a crowd, hard questions were coming.  But Carlos always played it straight.  And I always enjoyed our interactions in Springfield, Chicago, or on the campaign trail.  Carlos was a role model to many, and an integral part of the Chicago story he strived to tell.  My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Randi and his family.”