Former President Barack Obama lost a longtime friend and staffer this week.
Michael Robertson, who started working with Obama during his senate days, passed away on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was just four days away from his 42nd birthday.
Sadly, Robertson was first diagnosed with stage IV cancer at the very young age of 35.
After taking some time off to fight that horrific disease, he would return to work for Obama in his presidential administration.
Robertson enjoyed several years of remission, but the cancer returned in 2015, forcing him to retire from the Obama administration.
Over the next three years, Robertson would continue to fight, but the disease finally won out.
Obama released a statement via Facebook about his old friend after Robertson’s passing.
“Last night, we lost Michael after another long battle,” Obama stated.
“But what we remember today is the way he lives his extraordinary life. A life of meaning, purpose, and service,” he added.
Loyal Staff Member
Robertson earned Obama’s regard by loyally standing by him for more than a decade.
He truly believed in what Barack Obama brought to the Democrat party, having moved to Chicago to serve as a volunteer for Obama in 2004.
That loyalty was rewarded, as Robertson would remain on staff throughout the remainder of Obama’s political career.
After serving as a staffer for Obama during his days as a senator, Robertson would serve Obama again during his presidential campaign.
Obama summarized Robertson as a “driven and dedicated” man, someone the former president relied on regularly for counsel.
R.I.P., Mr. Robertson.