R.I.P. Tim Russert (1950-2008)

June 13, 2008

Seeing that tattered  American flag flying at half mast in Buffalo… the thoughts that image bring to my mind.  Tim was everyman.  Everyman that watched their Dad come home from work, only to turn to go to work again.  In the name of family, in the name of God, in the name of America. 

Tim took his fathers blue collar work ethic to NBC and never let it show.  Well, maybe a little.  He loved God… he loved his family… he loved his work…  he loved his politics… and, he loved America.  Tim embolizes that tattered American flag in this election cycle. 

He was both blue collar in his workethic and white collar in his sharp interviewing skills, he was trusted.  His viewers knew he cared deeply about politics and often knew more than those he interviewed. 

For every American that is frayed at the edges, but still showing our true colors…Tim was the man that asked the things we wanted to know…and he got answers.  Journalism has lost a noble lion today.  Godspeed…