June 14, 2008

Mornings won't be the same..

The Today Show always has to be on at 7am in my house. Even if I'm running late and just hopped out of the shower- I'll make sure Gus hasn't switched the tv to ESPN and that I'll get to catch the opening headlines from Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera. But there was another person who totally brightened up my mornings, and that was Tim Russert. I never mentioned my admiration for him on the blog, because I don't ever talk about politics. But Tim had a way of communicating everything that was going on so that a gal like me, who gets a little overwhelmed with all of the craziness that is Election year, could feel like she had a clue what was going on.

I was in an airport bar at O'Hara yesterday (you would be too if you're flight got delayed 4 hrs) when I saw on the news screen "Tim Russert: 1950-2008". What?? I couldn't hear a word they were saying because it was loud in there, but once I started seeing pictures of him flashed around on the screen, a huge pain hit. I tried calling Gus to see if he had heard anything but it was news to him as well. Finally, during my flight thanks to JetBlue's tv, I watched the MSNBC special dedicated to this great man. Poor girl sitting next to me was probably wondering why tears were flowing from the crazy girl in seat 8C. And you could see the pain within all of the Journalists who were called upon to talk about their colleague and friend, Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams, Mike Barnicle, Andrea Mitchell, Katie Couric, and many more. This election year just won't be the same with what Time Magazine called one of the 100 most influential people in this world.

My thoughts will be with his father, Big Russ, wife, Maureen, & son Luke. This Monday will be the first time where I do not want to watch the opening credits for Today Show.. but I will make sure I pass on putting Mascara on that morning..

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8 comments:

brandy said...

Yep, this definitely broke my heart. I didn't watch him on the Today show, but in the mornings I watch all the political stuff from the week on MSNBC on my computer while getting ready. And I just tweeted about how I liked to spend my Sundays with him! Oh this is so damn sad.

Yiayia said...

I'm sad that he has left so many people who adored him. I have liked him until recently when he has been a disappointment, so openly biased against Hillary. It shocked me because he had always seemed to be so balanced and free of bias. I was wrong.

WendyB said...

He was awfully young. Scary.

Andrea said...

AMEN! I was so saddened by this news I almost started crying. It really was heartbreaking.

Maxie said...

I'm still sad-- it was so sudden.

They're interviewing his son Luke tomorrow on The Today Show.

transienttravels said...

I am so upset - your post was poignant. I hope you got to see his son this morning on the Today Show.

willikat said...

yeah... big year where we could really need him, although i agree with yiayia that his apparent hillary bias was disappointing. nevertheless, a guy who seemed down to earth and i felt was a really good reporter. it's a shame.

R said...

We were in Buffalo, where he's from, right after he passed. The news was everywhere! Very sad.