The Obamas Remember Muhammad Ali: 'He Was the Greatest'

The Obamas Remember Muhammad Ali: 'He Was the Greatest'

The First Couple released a lengthy statement about the legend's passing.

Published June 4, 2016

The death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali is still fresh on the minds of his admirers, and with several of them publicly paying their respects, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have joined the list, releasing a statement of their own.

"Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period," the statement begins. "If you just asked him, he'd tell you. He'd tell you he was the double greatest; that he'd 'handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder into jail.'"

President Obama continued, saying Ali's confidence was not premature or narcissistic — his sentiments were backed up by millions around the world:

"But what made The Champ the greatest — what truly separated him from everyone else — is that everyone else would tell you pretty much the same thing."

Before issuing the lengthy statement, POTUS personally shared his condolences on Twitter:

Read President Obama's full statement here, via The Grio, where he spoke on the athlete's flaws, worldwide impact and unapologetic nature.

Recap the events of Muhammad Ali's passing in the BET Breaks video, above, and catch the airing of Ali: The People's Champ on BET, today and Sunday at noon, and on Centric, today and Sunday at 10:30am and 10:00 am, respectively.

Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photos from left: Chris Jackson/Getty Images, Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)


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