Dick Clark was America's oldest teenager, says Barack Obama
Published Apr 19 2012, 03:39 BST | By Kate Goodacre
US president Barack Obama has joined those paying tribute to the late Dick Clark
, describing him as "America's oldest teenager".
Obama and his wife Michelle released a joint statement paying tribute to Clark, who passed away on Wednesday (April 18) after a heart attack
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"Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Dick Clark," Obama said. "With American Bandstand
, he introduced decades' worth of viewers to the music of our times.
"He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer. And, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year."
Obama continued: "But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel - as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was.
"As we say a final "so long" to Dick Clark, America's oldest teenager, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends - which number far more than he knew."> Dick Clark receives Ryan Seacrest tribute on 'American Idol'Picture gallery - Dick Clark: Career in pictures
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Dick Clark on 'American Bandstand' in 1957