White House Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske, called Whitney’s death a “teachable moment.” He tells CBS News that her death is absolutely tragic, bringing light to prescription drug abuse. He claims that this problem affects many people, and the death count is near 15,000. Although the cause of Whitney’s death is still unknown, her battle with substance abuse was no secret.
Kerlikowske said the Obama Administration is trying to combat drug abuse by removing the stigma associated with substance abuse, to help people understand you can recover. President Barack Obama released a statement saying that he was praying for Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, and an official Houston tribute has been entered into Congressional Record.
According to the Washington Post , Rep. Laura Richardson, California Democrat, composed the tribute as follows:
“Mr. Speaker, where do broken hearts go? Millions of hearts broke at the news that with her passing, we lost one of the greatest gifts of all; the pure joy we felt whenever Whitney sang one of those songs that made us want to get up and dance with somebody. Yes, we almost had it all. Whitney Houston left us too soon, but her remarkable voice will live in our hearts as one moment in time we will never forget.”