President Obama greets Ben Bradlee in the East Room at the White House on Nov. 20, 2013. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Following Ben Bradlee’s death on Tuesday, President Obama released a statement about the legendary newsman:

For Benjamin Bradlee, journalism was more than a profession – it was a public good vital to our democracy. A true newspaperman, he transformed the Washington Post into one of the country’s finest newspapers, and with him at the helm, a growing army of reporters published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and told stories that needed to be told – stories that helped us understand our world and one another a little bit better.

The standard he set – a standard for honest, objective, meticulous reporting – encouraged so many others to enter the profession. And that standard is why, last year, I was proud to honor Ben with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Today, we offer our thoughts and prayers to Ben’s family, and all who were fortunate to share in what truly was a good life.

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In this never-before-published 2012 interview, Sally Quinn talks with her husband, Ben Bradlee, about religion, God and what comes after death. (The Washington Post)