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Obama praises Dan Rooney as a model citizen and good man

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Former President Barack Obama issued a statement praising Dan Rooney today, hours after the team announced that its chairman had died at the age of 84.

“Dan Rooney was a great friend of mine, but more importantly, he was a great friend to the people of Pittsburgh, a model citizen, and someone who represented the United States with dignity and grace on the world stage,” Obama said. “I knew he’d do a wonderful job when I named him as our United States Ambassador to Ireland, but naturally, he surpassed my high expectations, and I know the people of Ireland think fondly of him today. And I know the people of Pittsburgh, who loved him not only for the Super Bowl championships he brought as the owner of the Steelers, but for his generosity of spirit, mourn his passing today. Michelle and I offer our condolences to the Rooney family, some of the most gracious and thoughtful people we know — even as we celebrate the life of Dan Rooney: a championship-caliber good man.”

Rooney was a supporter of Obama’s during the 2008 presidential campaign, and served under Obama as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland for three years.

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19 Responses to “Obama praises Dan Rooney as a model citizen and good man”
  1. dickshotdogs says: Apr 13, 2017 6:27 PM

    We all know what a great man Mr. Rooney was. We don’t need you to give us your opinion. Now, go away.

  2. "All Eyez On Me" in theaters june 16 2017 says: Apr 13, 2017 6:29 PM


  3. concretechuckles says: Apr 13, 2017 6:41 PM

    Very nice Mr. President. Always classy.

  4. vikingf0rlife says: Apr 13, 2017 6:52 PM

    Obama should coach the Lions! Perfect spot for him to continue the failure and embarrassment of one playoff win in 60 years.

  5. Slapshot says: Apr 13, 2017 6:59 PM

    Thank you, Mr. President. A classy statement from a classy guy. Wish the current guy in the White House was 1/10th as classy. Thanks for commemorating the Penguins’ Cups too.

  6. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Apr 13, 2017 7:05 PM

    RIP Mr Rooney. Condolences To Steeler nation.

  7. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 13, 2017 8:50 PM

    This has to be one of the smartest things Obama has ever said.

  8. THX 138 says: Apr 13, 2017 9:12 PM

    Go play golf.

  9. lostsok says: Apr 14, 2017 12:54 AM

    “Go play golf.”

    Right. Like Trump is ever getting off the course long enough for anyone else to play.

    Though. To be fair. Why SHOULD Donald Trump do his job when the American Taxpayer is supporting his lavish lifestyle? There’s no need to work when you can go on multi-million dollar welfare.

    Obama is a great man, and was a good president.

    The rest of you will figure that out when The Orange Menace has flushed your insurance down the toilet, sunk the economy, and gotten us into several wars that YOU will pay for…all at the behest of his real boss Putin.

    Granted, you’ll still probably blame Obama. Because that’s what you right-wing snowflakes do: whine, complain, and blame the wrong people.

  10. mzew233 says: Apr 14, 2017 1:58 AM

    All these downvotes over the president.

    You people will some day be great full at what a great administrator he was

  11. kferguson2002 says: Apr 14, 2017 2:13 AM

    All this shade towards Obama though smh

  12. liftheavyorliftheavy says: Apr 14, 2017 6:36 AM

    Negative comments about a man expressing condolences … we’ve reached a new low.

  13. jbarr1 says: Apr 14, 2017 7:22 AM

    Pack fan here with the Steelers being my second favorite team. I’ve read several places that back before the NFL became what it is today that the Rooney family was the biggest advocate for the Pack being treated as equally as the big city teams. Without their support then the Pack wouldn’t exist today. And it’s hard to imagine the NFL being what it is today without Green Bay.

    Rest in peace , Mr. Rooney. This Packer fan expresses his ever lasting gratitude to you and your family.

  14. therealtrenches says: Apr 14, 2017 7:54 AM

    THX 138 says:
    Apr 13, 2017 9:12 PM
    Go play golf.


    Trump supporters telling Obama to go play golf bc he is out of office?

    The irony is rich.

    The current president plays enough golf for the both of them.

    Man…that was too easy.

  15. andyreidsbossoms says: Apr 14, 2017 8:10 AM

    Obama would know he probably wiretapped his calls too

  16. unclebluck says: Apr 14, 2017 8:34 AM

    THX 138 says:
    Apr 13, 2017 9:12 PM
    Go play golf.

    Yea. Play golf with little fingers the orange Cheeto….he’s on the course nearly every weekend in Fla…

  17. weepingjebus says: Apr 14, 2017 8:59 AM

    Nine references to himself while supposedly honoring someone else. I bet the mirrors in his house all have worn spots right around lip level.

  18. randalpnaditch says: Apr 14, 2017 9:35 AM

    No one gives a statement with more self references than Obama.

  19. rcali says: Apr 14, 2017 3:38 PM

    The Great Wiretapper in Chief!

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