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Obama: Harold Ramis' movies made him root for underdog

By: Associated Press
February 25, 2014 Updated: February 25, 2014 at 9:04 am
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photo - FILE - In an undated file photo, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, center, and Harold Ramis, right, appear in a scene from the 1984 movie "Ghostbusters". Harold Ramis died early Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Chicago from complications of autoimmune inflammatory disease, according Fred Toczek , an attorney for Ramis. He was 69. (AP Photo, File)
FILE - In an undated file photo, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, center, and Harold Ramis, right, appear in a scene from the 1984 movie "Ghostbusters". Harold Ramis died early Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Chicago from complications of autoimmune inflammatory disease, according Fred Toczek , an attorney for Ramis. He was 69. (AP Photo, File) 

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the late actor and director Harold Ramis, a native of his hometown of Chicago, was one of America's "greatest satirists."

In a statement, the president recalled watching Ramis' iconic movies, including "Animal House" and "Ghostbusters." He says the movies didn't just make him "laugh until it hurt" but also made him question authority and root for the underdog.

Ramis died Monday at the age of 69.

In a nod to a frequently referenced line from Ramis' classic film "Caddyshack," Obama said his thoughts and prayers go out to those who hope Ramis "received total consciousness."

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