NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama is paying tribute to Pete Seeger for reminding us where we come from and showing us where we need to go.

Seeger, the veteran folk singer, died Monday night at age 94. The writer of "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn," he welded his music to activism on issues of American workers and the disadvantaged.

Obama said Tuesday that Seeger believed in standing up for what is right and moving the country closer to the America he knew it could be. He says Seeger used his voice to strike blows for worker's rights and civil rights, world peace and environmental conservation. The president says Seeger believed deeply in the power of song and also in the power of community.