President Obama Says He ‘Loved’ Spock in Touching Statement on the Death of Leonard Nimoy

FILE - In this April 26, 2009 file photo, actor Leonard Nimoy poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Nimoy. Photo: Matt Sayles/AP/Corbis

President Obama has often drawn comparisons to Spock, so it’s fitting that his statement on the passing of Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at age 83, is more personal than usual:

“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.”

President Obama Speaks on Death of Leonard Nimoy