President Obama calls Andy Griffith ‘A performer of extraordinary talent’

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President Barack Obama issued a statement Tuesday on the passing of Andy Griffith:

“Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Andy Griffith this morning.  A performer of extraordinary talent, Andy was beloved by generations of fans and revered by entertainers who followed in his footsteps.  He brought us characters from Sheriff Andy Taylor to Ben Matlock, and in the process, warmed the hearts of Americans everywhere.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy’s family.”