Obama on Rooney: “A championship-caliber man”

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PITTSBURGH – APRIL 14: Presidential candidate U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (L) walks with Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney after receiving the his endorsement at a forum of the Alliance for American Manufacturing at the David L Lawrence Convention Center April 14, 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Obama is campaigning ahead of the April 22, Pennsylvania […]

Steelers chairman Dan Rooney served as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland under former President Barack Obama. 

Mr. Obama released the following statement on the passing of a man he called a friend:

“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. 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.”

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