President Obama dropped a line from "Caddyshack" while praising his fellow Chicagoan, actor and filmmaker Harold Ramis, who died Monday at the age of 69.

In a written statement, Obama said Ramis was "one of America's greatest satirists, and like so many other comedic geniuses, a proud product of Chicago's Second City."

Obama cited some of Ramis' best movies, including "Animal House," "Caddyshack," "Ghostbusters" and "Groundhog Day."

"When we watched his movies ... we didn't just laugh until it hurt," Obama said. "We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog. And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings."

Director Harold Ramis attends the "Year One" premiere in New York City June 15, 2009. Ramis died Feb. 24, 2014 in Chicago, Ill. He was 69.
Director Harold Ramis attends the "Year One" premiere in New York City June 15, 2009. Ramis died Feb. 24, 2014 in Chicago, Ill. He was 69. (Donna Ward/Abaca Press/MCT)

The president said "our thoughts and prayers are with Harold's wife, Erica, his children and grandchildren, and all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness."

Hopefully he had that going for him ... which would be nice.

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