Clinton Reacts To Frank Sinatra's Death
BIRMINGHAM, England (AllPolitics, May 15) -- The following is the text of a written statement by President Bill Clinton, in Europe for the Group of Eight summit, on the death of singer Frank Sinatra:
"Hillary and I were deeply saddened to hear of the death of a musical legend and an American icon, Frank Sinatra. Early in his long career, fans dubbed him 'The Voice.' And that was the first thing America noticed about Frank Sinatra:
that miraculous voice, strong and subtle, wisecracking and wistful, streetwise
but defiantly sweet. In time he became so much more. Sinatra was a spellbinding
performer, on stage or on screen, in musicals, comedies and dramas. He built
one of the world's most important record companies. He won countless awards,
from the Grammy -- nine times -- to the Academy Award, to the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And he dedicated himself to humanitarian causes.
"When I became president, I had never met Frank Sinatra, although I was an
enormous admirer of his. I had the opportunity after I became president to get
to know him a little, to have dinner with him, to appreciate on a personal
level what fans around the world, including me, appreciated from afar.
"Frank Sinatra will be missed profoundly by millions around the world. But his
music and movies will ensure that 'Ol' Blue Eyes' is never forgotten. Today, I
think every American would have to smile and say he really did do it his way.
"Hillary and I would like to offer our condolences to Frank's wife, Barbara,
and to his children, Nancy, Frank Jr., and Tina. Our hearts are with them