"I think that Michael Jackson will go down in history as one of our greatest entertainers. I grew up on his music. I still have all his stuff on my iPod. I think that his brilliance as a performer also was paired with a tragic and in many ways sad personal life. But I'm glad to see that he is being remembered primarily for the great joy that he brought to a lot of people through his extraordinary gifts as an entertainer."
President Obama in an interview with The Associated Press in July 2009.