Despite an acerbic style in interviews and aggressive personality, Russert has been one of political television’s class acts over the past two decades. He was also the author of the best-selling memoir Big Russ and Me and one of Time’s "100 Most Influential People in The World" for 2008. He and his family had just returned from a trip to Italy to celebrate his son’s graduation from Boston College.
President Bush, writing from Paris, had this to say about Russert: "Those of us who knew and worked with Tim, his many friends, and the millions of Americans who loyally followed his career on the air will all miss him." Jim Keane, SJ