Barack Obama went to Twitter to share his thoughts on Chuck Berry’s legacy after the rock legend passed away on Saturday (March 18) at the age of 90.
“Chuck Berry rolled over everyone who came before him – and turned up everyone who came after. We’ll miss you, Chuck. Be good,” read Obama’s tweet from earlier this morning.
Back in 2012, Berry praised Barack Obama in a Rolling Stone interview ahead of receiving Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s American Music Masters Award.
“I never thought that a man with the qualities, features and all that he has [could] be our president,” he said of the former president. “My dad said, ‘You may not live to see that day,’ and I believed him. I thank God that I have.”
Obama isn’t the only former president to speak on Berry’s legacy either. Former President Bill Clinton, who enlisted Berry to perform at both of his presidential inaugurations, released a statement about the “Johnnie B. Goode” singer. “Hillary and I loved Chuck Berry for as long as we can remember,” read the statement from Clinton. “The man was inseparable from his music – both were utterly original and distinctly American. He made our feet move and our hearts more joyful. And along the way he changed our country and the history of popular music.”
It continued: “Chuck played at both my inaugurations and at the White House for my 25th Georgetown reunion, and he never slowed down, which is why his legend grew every time he stepped on stage,” Clinton added. “His life was a treasure and a triumph, and he’ll never be forgotten. Our hearts go out to his family and his countless friends and fans.”
Check out Obama’s tweet above.