***TV ICON… TIM RUSSERT DEAD TODAY***

NBC political talk show host Tim Russert holds up sign as he takes the stage to serve as a questioner during the MSNBC Republican presidential debate at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, in this January 24, 2008 file photo. Russert has died from an apparent heart attack on June 13, 2008 according to media reports. He was 58.REUTERS/Joe Skipper/Files (UNITED STATES)

Flowers and a dry erase white board written with the words \’Tim — We will miss you\’ are placed at the entrance to NBC Studios in Washington, Friday, June 13, 2008, after it was announced that Tim Russert, host of NBC\’s \’Meet the Press\’ and its Washington bureau chief, collapsed and died at work Friday after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 58. Russert was known for his use of a white board during the 2000 election.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Tim Russert Dead, Reported by Tom Brokaw

TIM RUSSERT, NBC NEWS’ WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF AND LONG-TIME “MEET THE PRESS” MODERATOR, COLLAPSED AND DIED AT THE NETWORK’S BUREAU FRIDAY IN WASHINGTON, DC.

Barack Obama on Tim Russert

Barack Obama:

I’ve known Tim Russert since I first spoke at the convention in 2004. He’s somebody who, over time, I came to consider not only a journalist but a friend. There wasn’t a better interviewer in TV, not a more thoughtful analyst of our politics, and he was also one of the finest men I knew. Somebody who cared about America, cared about the issues, cared about family. I am grief-stricken with the loss and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. And I hope that, even though Tim is irreplaceable, that the standard that he set in his professional life and his family life are standards that we all carry with us in our own lives.

If you liked politics and the news then you had to watch Tim Russert… This is SAD NEWS…

My sympathies to the Russert family his wife Maureen and son Luke and especially to BIG RUSS…

Big Russ & Me a great Father\’s Day Gift…

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Russ-Me-Father-Son-Lessons/dp/1401352081

From Publishers Weekly
Meet the newsman\’s father in this stupendously entertaining book. The senior Tim Russert served in WWII, married and settled in South Buffalo, N.Y., worked days for the Sanitation Department, drove a night truck for the local evening paper and raised four kids. The younger Russert\’s memoir begins as a tribute to his dad and the lessons he taught through the years, but also takes ample time to tell how Russert junior grew up and became the moderator of Meet the Press. His neighborhood in the 1950s was tightly knit, Irish Catholic and anchored by the institutions of marriage, family, church and school. Nuns and Legionnaires shaped young Russert\’s character; in high school, his Jesuit instructors strengthened and solidified it. John Kennedy\’s short life and career still resonated when Russert began law school in 1970. He worked on Daniel Patrick Moynihan\’s 1976 campaign, then on the senator\’s staff. A friend of Moynihan provided the link that brought Russert to NBC and the Today show. He first appeared as a panelist on Meet the Press in 1990, becoming moderator in 1991. Throughout his private and public life, Russert continually turned to his father for advice, and the older man\’s common sense served the younger pretty much without fail. The memoir is candid and generous, so warm-hearted that readers should forgive the occasional didactic touch (and it\’s a soft touch). There are hard ways to learn life lessons; fortunately, readers have Russert to thank for sharing his with them. 16 pages of b&w photos not seen by PW.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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