President Obama — Dick Clark Changed Television … FOREVER

President Barack Obama has released a statement on the passing of Dick Clark … praising the entertainment mogul as an innovator who “reshaped the television landscape forever.”

 “With `American Bandstand,” he introduced decades” worth of viewers to the music of our time,” Obama said.

He added, “[Clark] reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer and, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year.”

“But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel — as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was.”

“As we say a final `so long” to Dick Clark, America”s oldest teenager, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends — which number far more than he knew.”