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Obama: Arnold Palmer 'was the American Dream come to life'

The golf world is mourning the loss of Arnold Palmer, who died on Sunday at the age of 87.

Jack Nicklaus wrote a moving tribute on his Facebook page. Tiger Woods posted a nice photo of the two to his Instagram account. And on Monday, President Barack Obama himself weighed in with perhaps the best tribute we've seem so far.

SEE ALSO: Arnold Palmer, golf's first superstar in the age of television, dies at 87

"Arnold was the American Dream come to life," Obama said in a statement.

"Sure, we liked that he won seven majors," he added, "but we loved that he went for it when he probably should have laid up."

Here's Obama's full statement:

"With his homemade swing and homespun charm, Arnold Palmer had swagger before we had a name for it. From a humble start working at the local club in his beloved Latrobe, Pennsylvania, to superstardom as the face of golf around the globe, Arnold was the American Dream come to life.

Along the way he racked up win after win – but it wasn't his success that made him King. Arnold's freewheeling, fearless approach to the game inspired a generation of golfers and, for the first time on TV, enthralled an audience across the world. Sure, we liked that he won seven majors, but we loved that he went for it when he probably should have laid up.

That spirit extended beyond the links where he gave freely of himself and poured everything he had into everything he did: from building hospitals to personally responding to countless letters from his fans. And he did it all with a grin that hinted maybe he had one more shot up his sleeve."

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Arnold Palmer through the years
Arnold Palmer. June 11, 1959. (Photo by Anthony Calvacca/New York Post/Photo Archives, LLC via Getty Images)
Arnold Palmer. April 15, 1967. (Photo by Arty Pomerantz/New York Post/Photo Archives, LLC via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Arnold Palmer (left) and Robert Sweeny, who won their semi-final matches today in the National Amateur Golf Championship, smile as they hold the trophy one of them will take home tomorrow. Palmer, of Wickliffe, Ohio, eliminated Edward Meister on the 39th hole by one up after nearly eight hours of play. Sweeny, of Port Washington, New York, beat Dr. Ted Lenczyk, 5 and 4. The winners meet tomorrow in the finals.
Arnold Palmer. July 23, 1971. (Photo by William N. Jacobellis/New York Post/Photo Archives, LLC via Getty Images)
Arnold Palmer follows a putt. August 22, 1974. (Photo by William N. Jacobellis/New York Post/Photo Archives, LLC via Getty Images)
Lanny Wadkins and Arnold Palmer have a laugh at the Met Golf Writers' dinner. February 20, 1973. (Photo by Vernon Shibla/New York Post/Photo Archives, LLC via Getty Images)
Arnold Palmer. August 23, 1974. (Photo by William N. Jacobellis/New York Post/Photo Archives, LLC via Getty Images)
CIRCA 1990's: Golf: Arnold Palmer in action during tournament play early circa 1990's. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
NAPA, CA - OCTOBER 21: Arnold Palmer competes in the 1990 Transamerica Senior Golf Championship event of the Senior PGA Tour on October 21, 1990 at the Silverado Country Club in Napa, California. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
NAPA, CA - OCTOBER 21: Arnold Palmer competes in the 1990 Transamerica Senior Golf Championship event of the Senior PGA Tour on October 21, 1990 at the Silverado Country Club in Napa, California. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 23: Arnold Palmer during the 51st Senior PGA Championship held at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. April 12-15, 1990. (photograph by The PGA of America). (Photo by Jeff McBride/PGA of America via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 24: Arnold Palmer during the 51st Senior PGA Championship held at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. April 12-15, 1990. (photograph by The PGA of America). (Photo by Jeff McBride/PGA of America via Getty Images)
1990: Arnold Palmer watches his shot during the 1990 RMCC Invitational at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
30 Jun 2000: Arnold Palmer takes a chunk out of the course during the U.S. Senior Open at the Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons /Allsport
Former Masters champion Arnold Palmer gives a thumbs up to fans along the ninth hole of the Par 3 Contest ahead of the 2014 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 9, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT GOLF)
Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer holds the hand and smiles at Tracey Stewart (L), widow of golfer Payne Stewart, after being announced as one of three recipients of the first Payne Stewart Award at the 18th green at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta November 1, 2000. The award will be given annually to a player sharing Stewart's commitment to the game and charitable support. Stewart was killed in a plane crash in October 25, 1999. TLC
Former Masters champion Arnold Palmer of the U.S. prepares to hit his drive during the ceremonial start of the 2014 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 10, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT GOLF)
Honorary starter US golfer Arnold Palmer greets fans as he arrives to begin Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Honorary Starter Arnold Palmer gives the thumbs up to fans as they applaud at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 Augusta, Ga. Palmer along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player were Honorary Starts for The Masters. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 20: Arnold Palmer watches action on the 18th green during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 20, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 20: Arnold Palmer gives a thumbs up following Jason Day's one stroke victory on the 18th hole green during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 20, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Cy Cyr/PGA TOUR)
Arnold Palmer of the U.S. waves to the crowd as he stands on the 18th green during the Champion Golfers' Challenge tournament ahead of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 15, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
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