Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Carl Spackler -- aka Bill Murray -- in the 1980 film "Caddyshack." / Handout

In his tribute to the late film director Harold Ramis, President Obama managed to work in a sly reference to one of Ramis' most popular works: Caddyshack.

Obama said in a written statement Tuesday that his thoughts and prayers are with the Ramis family, and "all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness."

Not coincidentally, "total consciousness" is a quote uttered by Carl Spackler, the slightly demented, gopher-hunting greenskeeper played by Bill Murray in Caddyshack, the 1980 country club comedy directed by Ramis.

In the movie, Spackler claims he once caddied for the Dalai Lama -- "big hitter, the Lama" -- but the religious leader failed to tip him.

"He says, 'oh, uh, there won't be any money -- but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness,'" Spackler says, adding (famously): "So I got that goin' for me, which is nice."

Ramis died Monday.

We hear the White House speech writing staff is quite pleased that the Caddyshack shoutout stayed in the Ramis statement.



Copyright 2014 USATODAY.com

Read the original story: Obama makes 'Caddyshack' reference in Ramis tribute

More In

test

Real Deals

Flip, shop and save on specials from your favorite retailers in central Ohio.

GET DEALS | COUPONS

Things To Do

MON
1
TUE
2
WED
3
THU
4
FRI
5
SAT
6
SUN
7

CLASSIFIEDS

Classifieds from across Central Ohio
Lancaster
Chillicothe
Newark
Marion
Bucyrus
Mansfield
Zanesville
Coshocton

Weeklies & Shoppers

10TV Headlines

Dispatch Headlines

METROMIX