Famed folk singer Pete Seeger has died, leaving a void in the socially conscious musicverse that’s been felt all the way to the Oval Office.
“Once called ‘America’s tuning fork,’ 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,” President Barack Obama eulogized the nonagenarian balladeer in an official statement.
“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 prayers to Pete’s family and all those who loved him,” Obama shared with the nation.
Seeger was never one to fear ringing the White House’s bell, directing one of his clearest call to arms, “Dear Mr. President,” to then-commander in chief Franklin D. Roosevelt: