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Harold Ramis / Jim Prisching, AP

President Obama is praising the late filmmaker and fellow Chicagoan Harold Ramis, saying his comedy helped define a generation.

In a written statement, Obama said Ramis was "one of America's greatest satirists, and like so many other comedic geniuses, a proud product of Chicago's Second City."

Ramis, 69, died Monday.

Obama cited some of Ramis' best movies, including Animal House, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day.

"When we watched his movies ... we didn't just laugh until it hurt," Obama said. "We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog. And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings."

The president, along with first lady Michelle Obama, also said "our thoughts and prayers are with Harold's wife, Erica, his children and grandchildren, and all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness."



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