President Obama Releases a Touching Statement on Muhammad Ali's Passing


President Barack Obama offered his condolences Saturday on the death of Muhammad Ali.

“Like everyone else on the planet, Michelle and I mourn his passing,” Obama said in a statement. “But we’re also grateful to God for how fortunate we are to have known him, if just for a while; for how fortunate we all are that The Greatest chose to grace our time.”

Obama said he keeps a pair of Ali’s gloves on display in his White House study, under the iconic 1965 photograph of a 22-year-old Ali standing over a fallen Sonny Liston.

Read his full statement below.

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