Obama cites Michael Jackson as entertainment icon

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has called Michael Jackson a great entertainer and says "I still have all his stuff on my iPod."

But in an interview with The Associated Press Thursday, Obama said he didn't see any controversy in the fact that he did not issue a formal public statement upon Jackson's death. Obama said, "Look, you're the first person who's actually asked me about it."

The president said that Jackson, who died last week at 50, will "go down in history as one of our greatest entertainers. I grew up on his music."

Obama said that at the same time that he felt Jackson had experienced "a tragic and in many ways sad personal life."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by bob Location: kodak on Jul 11, 2009 at 04:53 AM
    I find it hard to have any respect for a person that was so involved in children and drugs


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