So I was in my car, talking to a friend last Friday afternoon, and he says “hey, I just saw on Fox News that Tim Russert Died….”
I kept saying “No way, really? No way, how? No way, I can’t believe it.” I mean, I was a blubbering idiot about the news.
I’m sure no one was happy to hear Tim died, but why did I freak out so much? Because I’ve had a huge admiration for Tim Russert for a while now. What I loved about Tim was that he could lay out any political story in layman’s terms. My initial goal in broadcasting was to become a political journalist, so Tim Russert was my hero. He was down to earth, was more “real” that other TV broadcasters, and he seemed like a real stand-up guy.
I could go on and on about his professional accomplishments, but I think the biggest compliment is: he seemed like a friend, even if you never met him. I also loved that he was from a blue collar family, but was wicked smart.
I can only imagine how his family must be coping with his sudden death at age 58, I truly feel for them. Also, Tim was about the only thing I had to look forward to about the upcoming election. Now who’s gonna tell it to us straight?