- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

President Obama paid tribute to former White House national security chief Sandy Berger Wednesday as “one of our nation’s foremost national security leaders.”

Sandy devoted himself to strengthening American leadership in an uncertain world,” Mr. Obama said in a statement, saying he is remembered fondly at the White House for “his trademark passion, wisdom and good humor.”

Mr. Berger, who served as national security adviser to President Clinton, died Wednesday at age 70 after suffering from cancer.

The president he “benefited personally from his advice and counsel.”

“Today, his legacy can be seen in a peaceful Balkans, our strong alliance with Japan, our deeper relationships with India and China,” Mr. Obama said. “Around the globe, families and children are living healthier, more secure lives because, as a private citizen, Sandy was a humanitarian who helped the world respond to crises and feed the hungry.”

The president said Mr. Berger’s family should take comfort in knowing that “the America he loved is stronger because of his service.”

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