Condolences Quotes

I got off a plane today at the airbase and I met a whole bunch of military folks there waiting to see me, they all made reference to my son and his military service and expressed their condolences. And although it’s still kind of an open wound, it gave me a sense of strength knowing they all meant it.

One of the thing about being President – that can’t be taught, you have to experience, is – there is the sheer weight of decision making. And when I make a decision to send 17,000 young Americans to Afghanistan – you can understand that intellectually. But understanding what that means for those families, for those young people – when you end up sitting at your desk, signing – a condolence letter to one of the family members of a fallen hero – you’re reminded each and every day, at every moment, that – the decisions you make count.

Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.