from the president

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.

16 Responses to 'from the president'

  1. Alan Jay Kahm says:

    Robin Williams was America’s favorite alien.

  2. Steph says:

    RIP Robin Williams
    Robin infected each of our hearts with mindfulness , love and laughter.
    Oh, so much laughter.
    The simple thought of him just fills me with joy and light.
    If only the reflection back at him could have ease his suffering,
    Been the cure
    If only he could have seen himself through our eyes….
    If only.
    I hope he can feel now how truly wonderful his spirit really is

  3. Newcybersol says:

    The world is a lot less funny today. I only hope that in some way Robin knows the joy he brought to so many. If there is a “life review” with “God” then his should even have God laughing.

  4. Sue says:

    I wrote this once, and I’ve found myself revisiting this all to often truth for so many:

    A Lonely Soul can not be appeased by the existence of laughter; for laughter is the shadow cast by unabounding fear.

    I do not feel that what Robin did was selfish anymore than I feel it was courageous, I believe it was beyond his control. My heart aches for his family and friends and for this man who silently suffered in a way that the rest of us can’t even begin to comprehend. RIP Robin

    • suzy says:

      I agree-no way to judge- not selfish- not courageous- just evidence of the depth of his personal despair-that someone with so much capacity to give joy and sensitivity to others had a moment where he just could no longer bear his load.

  5. suzy says:

    I remember that along with Bette Midler, Robin Williams was invited to be on Johnny Carson’s second to the last show-of all the people Johnny could have had he chose those two as his favorites.
    I also remember that Christopher Reeve said, after his horrible paralyzing accident, that Robin, an old college friend, came right there and had him laughing in the hospital.
    Was so hoping Robin’s last stint in rehab would help him find some peace in living.

  6. Dathy says:

    Would that we could have brought him even a tiny fraction of the joy he brought to all of our lives. The breadth of his body of work is stunning. We were lucky to have had him share our time with us. RIP, Robin – thanks so very much for all your gave to us.

    If you or someone you know is battling depression or considering suicide, get help. Call 1-800-273-8255.

  7. Jessica says:

    Even though most of us didn’t know Robin personally, we all each had a love for him. Depression is very serious and the world needs to acknowledge it more openly. If a great man such as Robin Williams feels he cannot bear with it, how can anyone else. More depression is brought on by this tragedy. Miss you and deep love for you.

  8. Lori says:

    I feel absolutely gutted by the death of RW. So strange since I didn’t know him in “real life.”
    Thx for the laughter Robin. May u rest in peace with your best friend Chris Reeves. Xo

  9. Donna Perry says:

    Depression is real. It’s deep and sometimes very silent. It’s not obvious like a bloody nose or broken bone…but its degree of hurt can overwhelm. RIP Mr Williams. You are already missed.

  10. Carol says:

    It’s as some one else said there are few times when a celeb’s death hits me. Reading about any ones death is sad, but in this case it has brought me to tears. He was a great comedian and actor. Now the world is a little bit less funny with him gone. To his family prayer’s his friends blessings and all of his fans remember him and as you do give a nod to heaven thanking him for the laughter he brought us. RIP Mr. Williams you will be missed

  11. Wo says:

    Truth and sadness.

  12. marissa says:

    I’m not someone who believes in the prescribed vision of an afterlife. But I do wonder if those who take their own lives could see their loved ones being told of their death. I can’t imagine. It’s not something he intended, but his love ones will never be the same and will carry a certain pain and guilt with them always wondering if they lacked something. Depression is a beast and a monster. Worse than horror movie. Don’t we all wish we had the Time Turner from Harry Potter?

  13. Kevin young says:

    For man who made millions laugh with his charm and acting. Its sad to see that Robins demons got the best of him in depression he hid so well behind comedy.

  14. Dawn Baines says:

    immeasurable heartache and many manytears for a man I never knew but a disease i’m all too familiar with. depression is such a wicked disease, and it too took the life of a very dear aunt by suicide as well 13 yrs ago almost to the day. i pray both their minds are at peace now…RIP XOXO

    • Wyndie says:

      I, too, am in tears for a man I never met. I have fought with mild depression, but can’t imagine the pain he must have been in. Heartbroken.