Friday, June 13, 2008


Tim Russert Dead At 58

This blog is and will continue to be dedicated to the needs of Veterans. However, Today I felt that we should offer a few words in memorandum to an honest, courageous champion of the "common man", as well as a patriot and fighter of & for the rights of those who had no voice... including the Veteran.

by Poliwonk USA
June 13, 2008 04:37 PM EDT

Whether you agreed with him or not, it will be hard not to remember Tim Russert. Today in the middle of recording a segment in the job he loved the most. Russert was in what is known as a tracking booth, recording voice-overs for the upcoming show, and started having problems breathing. He apparently collapsed and an ambulance was called.

He was unconscious as he left and never revived. He was the longest host of Meet The Press, but more importantly he was a beloved father and husband. He touched every network, and caused them all to be better. This is noted that every network ran coverage of his death. (CNN, MSNBC,CNBC, Fox News, ABC, CBS) Tom Brokaw came out of retirement to break the news. You could visibly notice Brokaw choking back tears and trying not to cry while reading the announcement.

Russert grew up in Buffalo, which Brokaw said Russert had just visited last week to assist in moving his father to a new home. Russert had hosted "Meet the Press" since 1991, taking the seat from Garrick Utley. Russert also authored two best-sellers, including "Big Russ and Me," which focused on the relationship with his father, and the "Wisdom of Our Fathers." Russert honed his hard-hitting interviewing style over the years, and became a make-or-break appearance for any major American politician, as well as must-see television for political observers, in and outside government.

He regularly interviewed the biggest names in domestic and international politics, and moderated presidential debates, including at least three during the 2008 presidential campaign cycle.

Russert, who also was an attorney and a former aide to New York former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., and Gov. Mario Cuomo (D), had a distinctive on-air style that included posting well-documented quotes and charts on air. During the 2000 election, Russert received light ribbing for repeated references to a white dry-erase board he continued to write on while explaining the ongoing tallies.

Our condolences and prayers to the family, and our thanks in knowing that he is at rest in heaven.

He will be greatly missed by both sides of the isle. The World has lost one of its brightest lights.

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