"Florida! Florida! Florida!"
Who knew that a man writing this on a simple white board would capture my, and the world's, attention on Election Day 2000? That evening was my introduction to Tim Russert, and I am glad I tuned in.
To me, Russert was one of the few people I would change channels to watch. I respected his opinions, and was impressed with his enthusiasm for the political process and his love of God, family and country.
It is sad to think that the Presidential campaign is going to continue without him, and I hope that his fellow members of the media will take up his charge and hold politicians, and the public, to a high standard.
My condolences to the Russert family and his colleagues at NBC/MSNBC. Tim will be greatly missed!
Tim Russert, 58, Has Died
NBC News is very saddened to report that Tim Russert has passed away suddenly after collapsing at work. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. >>
The Gold Standard
Everybody in Washington has a million stories about Tim Russert. Here is one of mine. I was in Florida for a primary-season debate not long ago and wandered into a restaurant near the site the night before the event and there was Russert. We hailed each other and sat down for a bite. >>