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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 9, 1996

Statement By The President

Hillary and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of the great entertainers of all time. Like all Americans, we are grateful George Burns kept us laughing for so long. As a young boy, I enjoyed the Burns and Allen Show every week. His sense of timing and captivating smile touched the hearts and funnybones of more than three generations. He enabled us to see humor in the toughest of times and laugh together as a nation. We will miss him greatly. Our prayers and sympathies go to his family and friends.