Jun
17

A Tribute to Tim Russert

By Barbara

“Go get ‘em, kid” … Tim Russert

I’ve lost a great friend! I suppose many of you, like I, feel the loss of Tim Russert, who died suddenly last Friday at age 58. Over the weekend I immersed myself in the media coverage of his life and the legend he is leaving behind. His loss feels so personal to me. Perhaps because on Sunday morning part of my weekly ritual was to watch him moderate Meet the Press, usually before I got out of bed and started my day. He was like a friend visiting my home bringing with him the week’s newsworthy events. He was my “political” coach and guide.

My reaction is beyond what I would have imagined over the loss of a TV celebrity. Why has his death had such an overwhelming impact on me? Perhaps it was because Tim possessed qualities that engendered a feeling of connection, warmth, truth and trust! His smile and genuineness beckoned feelings of closeness and warmth. No matter how tough his guests were, Tim was a gentleman, fair, to the point and authentic. He got the job done with great skill, hard work and always remained professional. It was clear he loved his job, his family, and the American people. Tim’s vitality is inspiring and his ability to navigate the wide political spectrum, a tribute to his character.

I will never approach the greatness of Tim Russert, but I do hope one day when people remember me, that some of his same qualities will cross their minds. I yearn to reach what can be my fullest potential. I see every day as an opportunity for me to tweak and adjust my life to its utmost. But to do this I need to be aware of those areas where I can still stretch and grow. Tim Russert, thank you. You’ve inspired me to…go get ‘em, kid!

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6 Comments

1

Barbara, that was very touching and moving. I hope you shared it with the Los Angles Times or the New York Times..

You have a heart of gold!!

Much love,

Ron

2

Dear Barbara: Thanks so much for this email. I had the same reaction to Tim Russert and to his dying that you described so eloquently in your email. I was glued to the television all weekend, tivoing what I couldn’t get to. I had the same reaction when Kennedy died many years ago – this time for different reasons. Anyway, I so appreciated your description of his warmth, his open-heartedness, his ability to connect with the American people (clearly evidenced by those thousands passing by his coffin today) and yes he was my political guru to and God only knows how I’ll make my political decisions now!!!! Thanks Barbara – I appreciated your openness too, Andrea Brandt

3

Barbara.
That is just beautiful. I’ve had my tears and sadness over the death of such a kind, tough, and very real man. Thanks so much for sending this to me.
Marilyn

4

Dear Barbara,
I felt deeply also about his death. I really felt like I was losing a friend. I imagine that his personality in person would not have been any different than his TV persona. His colleagues felt his loss deeply. What a tragedy and a triumph.
Lorie

5

Appreciate your comments about Tim Russert. I do feel a deep connection, not only because I too came from a working class Buffalo family, but also because he was real, honest, down to earth etc etc. I felt like I had lost a friend. Can’t describe all of my feelings. I am glad he received the respect that he deserved.
Thanks again for sharing your feelings.
Marie J.

6

DEAR BARBARA; THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SENDING DAVE AND ME YOUR BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE TO TIM RUSSERT—OUTSTANDING!!!
FAY
P.S. WE ALSO SPENT SUNDAY MORNINGS AT EIGHT A.M. GLUED TO CHANNEL FOUR——-HE WAS THE BEST.

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