Obama Compares Jackson To Elvis, Lennon
In an interview this morning with CBS News chief White House correspondent Chip Reid from Moscow, President Obama weighed in on the topic of the day – Michael Jackson's funeral.
"There are certain figures in our popular culture that just capture peoples' imagination, and in death they become even larger," Mr. Obama said. "I have to admit that it's also fed by a 24/7 media that is insatiable."
The president compared the outpouring of grief to what happened when Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Frank Sinatra died.
Mr. Obama said Jackson was one of the country's greatest entertainers who had a profound effect on two generations.
"It's not surprising people mourning loss," he said.
Click here for complete coverage of Michael Jackson's death and today's memorial
Watch video of the interview below:
Popular in Politics
- IRS' Lerner: "I have not done anything wrong" 673 Comments
- Christie: Keep politics out of Oklahoma disaster relief
- House passes GOP bill to speed Keystone XL pipeline approval
- Obama to view Oklahoma tornado damage Sunday
- Former Miss America might challenge McConnell
- Drones, Gitmo part of broad Obama counterterrorism speech
- WH says criticism of its handling of IRS story is "legitimate"
- Officials on Benghazi: "We made mistakes, but without malice"