The White House
Office of the Press Secretary (Little Rock, AR)
Statement by the President
Hillary and I are deeply saddened to learn of Justice Burger's passing. Today the nation mourns the loss of a great public servant.
Justice Burger was a strong, powerful and visionary chief justice who opened the doors of opportunity. As Chief Justice, he was concerned with the administration of the court, serving with enthusiasm and always making sure it was above reproach.
He also presided over the most important anniversary of our nation by serving as chair of the Bicentennial Commission on the Constitution.
His expansive view of the constitution and his tireless service will leave a lasting imprint on the court and our nation. Our prayers are with his family and friends during this time.