Statement by the President: the Death of Bob Damus (11/30/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
November 30, 2000

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     I am deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Bob Damus, General
Counsel for the Office of Management and Budget.  Bob made invaluable
contributions to the common good in his twenty years of government service,
embodying the very finest qualities of our nation?s career civil servants.

     Bob?s fine intellect and the breadth of his knowledge were respected
throughout government and beyond. This Administration and the American
people benefited greatly from his keen judgement and wise counsel, and he
served my two predecessors with the same loyalty, dedication and commitment
to excellence.

     With a distinguished academic background, Bob chose government service
out of a deep desire to contribute to the public good.  In recognition of
his outstanding service, he twice received the Presidential Rank Award as a
Distinguished Executive, the highest honor for career civil servants in the
Senior Executive Service.

     Bob?s probity and integrity were unsurpassed.  He was a supremely
decent man, and his memory will serve as an inspiration to us all.


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