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in memoriam

ANOTHER GIANT LEAVES US WAY WAY TOO SOON

I wouldn't trade what I do for anything. - Tim Russert

I was so sad to learn that Tim Russert had just passed away at the young age of 58.

I saw and heard him interviewed many many times and he always impressed me as a man who never forgot his Buffalo blue collar roots, loved his family intensely, loved politics and his work, was a big sports fan (of the Buffalo Bills, of course, and a Washington Nats season ticket holder), and was just someone who loved and appreciated life and lived it to the fullest.

I don't think he had a mean bone in his body, and if he did, it was more than adequately compensated for by his attitude, outlook, generosity, and willingness to give of his time and of himself.

I will miss not seeing him on Meet the Press every Sunday morning where he usually managed to ask just the right questions, not always as probing as he might have been to some people, in my opinion, but on the whole fair and tough to everyone and without being disrespectful. You had to be on your toes with Tim asking the questions. The man was prepared.

I always found him rather deferential to the Clintons, but he made up for that in not letting Hillary get away with her flip-flopping on the illegal immigrant drivers license issue in a debate performance that might have been the beginning of the end of the Clinton campaign. He took a lot of heat for that, especially from the leftist blogs, and before everyone on the left and in the media began turning away from Clinton to jump onto the Obama bus.

No matter how wonderful it might be on the other side, I know that Tim is having a fit in Heaven that he wasn't allowed to be here for the general elections to wind up a campaign year he was so obviously relishing being a part of.

On the eve of Fathers Day, my prayers go out to his beloved father, "big Russ", his wife Maureen and son Luke, whom I know he loved dearly, and the rest of his family and friends at this difficult time.

Cherish the people you love because you never know when any of us will be called home.

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japanesedream
Jun. 14th, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)
I don't think he had a mean bone in his body, and if he did, it was more than adequately compensated for by his attitude, outlook, generosity, and willingness to give of his time and of himself.

It's people like this that we need more of around here. Their loss seems to hit the hardest.
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