STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT: The Death of Jason Robards
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                 December 27, 2000

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     Hillary and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jason
Robards.  An accomplished actor, Mr. Robards was a commanding presence on
the big screen and a passionate force on the stage.

     Jason Robards? numerous accomplishments represent the esteem in which
his colleagues and his fans held him.  After winning two Oscars and a Tony
award, Hillary and I had the privilege of honoring Jason's long career both
in 1997 with A National Medal of Arts, and again in 1999, with the Kennedy
Center Honors award for his lifetime of contribution to American arts and

     Mr. Robards was also a hero in his pre-acting days.  Surviving the
attack on Pearl Harbor, he earned the Navy Cross -- the second-highest
naval decoration.

     Mr. Robards will be missed by all of us who cherished him and his
work.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Lois and their six


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