President Obama makes Caddyshack reference in Harold Ramis tribute
Harold Ramis, who wrote and directed the classic golf comedy "Caddyshack" among a number of other hit films, passed away on Monday at the age of 69. President Obama – well known as an avid golfer – has issued a statement of condolence to the Ramis family, and he (or his speechwriters) ended it with a "Caddyshack" reference.
"Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Harold Ramis, one of America's greatest satirists, and like so many other comedic geniuses, a proud product of Chicago's Second City," Obama wrote in the statement. He concluded it by saying that he and his wife's thoughts and prayers are with "all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness."
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The "total consciousness" reference comes from Carl Spackler, the wacky assistant greenskeeper played by Bill Murray who claimed that he once caddied for the Dalai Lama but that he didn't tip him.
"So we finish 18 and he's going to stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama! How about a little something, you know, for the effort?," Spackler explains. "And he says, "There won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness."
Spackler follows that up with one of the movie's most-quoted lines: "So I got that going for me, which is nice."