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Obama on the passing of Abe Pollin

President Obama released a statement Wednesday saying he and Michelle "were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Abe Pollin - a giant in the world of professional sports and someone I was proud to call a friend."

"Abe was a man who knew that being an owner wasn't just about winning championships, although his teams had plenty of success. It was about helping young athletes become good people as well as good players. And it was about being part of a community," Obama continued.

"Abe believed in Washington, D.C. when many others didn't -- putting his own fortune on the line to help revitalize the city he loved. He was committed to the teams he guided, generous to those who needed it most, and as loyal to the people of D.C. as they were to him," he said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Irene, his sons Robert and James, and the entire Pollin family."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  November 25, 2009; 2:23 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Barack Obama  
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