Statement by the President on the Passing of Leonard Nimoy

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Statement by the President on the Passing of Leonard Nimoy
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Statement by the President on the Passing of Leonard Nimoy


The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

February 27, 2015

Statement by the President on the Passing of Leonard Nimoy

Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future.

I loved Spock.

In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for “Live long and prosper.” And after 83 years on this planet – and on his visits to many others – it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).