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Barack Obama pays tribute to late folk icon Pete Seeger

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Jan 28, 2014 | 12:34pm EST

U.S. leader President Barack Obama has added his tribute to those pouring in following the death of folk music legend Pete Seeger, saluting the late icon for "reminding us where we come from". Obama released a statement on Tuesday morning (28Jan14) after learning of the activist singer/songwriter's passing at the age of 94. He wrote, "Pete Seeger believed deeply in the power of song. But more importantly, he believed in the power of community - to stand up for what's right, speak out against what's wrong, and move this country closer to the America he knew we could be. "Over the years, Pete used his voice - and his hammer - to strike blows for worker's rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation. And he always invited us to sing along. "For reminding us where we come from and showing us where we need to go, we will always be grateful to Pete Seeger. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayer to Pete's family and all those who loved him." Billy Bragg, Tom Morello, Tony Bennett and Steve Martin were among the first celebrities to offer tributes to Seeger, who passed away in New York City after a short illness.

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