Obama quotes ‘Caddyshack’ in remembering Harold Ramis

President Obama released a statement Tuesday morning on the death of Harold Ramis, taking the opportunity to recite one of the famed writer-actor-director's best-remembered lines.

"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," Obama said.

For those unfamiliar, the "total consciousness" line is a reference to Bill Murray's character in the Ramis-directed movie "Caddyshack," who muses that he once caddied for the Dalai Lama and, as a result, was granted "total consciousness" on his deathbed.

Here's the clip:

And here's Obama's full statement:

"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. 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. 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."

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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