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Tim Russert's Wife Opens Up About His Death
People ^ | 6/19/08

Posted on 06/24/2008 7:53:54 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta

Leaving their hotel room in Italy ahead of his wife and son to go back to Washington, D.C., so he could tape that Sunday's Meet the Press, Tim Russert was grabbed by his wife.

"I said to him, 'I want to give you a hug; maybe I'll never see you again,' " says journalist Maureen Orth, speaking publicly about her husband for the first time since his June 13 passing – the day after he left Italy. "I don't know why I said that to him. I just had a feeling."

Russert was under extra stress at the time of his death: covering this year's presidential election, flying to Buffalo to visit his widowed father, Tim Sr., 84, in an assisted living facility – which Orth calls "a huge psychological strain for him."

Then there were his three days in Europe, part of the graduation present for the Russerts' son, Luke. "It was very hot and humid in Rome," says Orth. "I was so tired. I told him, 'I don’t know how you do it.' "

Russert was especially energetic when it came to his son, 22. "When it came to Luke, there was no detail too small," says Betsy Fischer, executive producer of Meet the Press.

On the morning of the day he died, she recalled, Russert took a chunk of time off from work to go to his son's new apartment in D.C. and wait for the cable man. "He could have hired someone to do it, but that wasn't Tim."

"Family and faith," Russert's colleague and friend Tom Brokaw writes in his own words for PEOPLE, "were the foundations of his life."


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On the morning of the day he died, she recalled, Russert took a chunk of time off from work to go to his son's new apartment in D.C. and wait for the cable man. "He could have hired someone to do it, but that wasn't Tim."

Tim Russert with son Luke and wife Maureen Orth pose for a family photo on vacation in Rome in early June.

1 posted on 06/24/2008 7:53:54 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Lib or not, Mr. Russert was an icon and I liked the guy. And it sounds like he had a decent wife and family. Nice photo. Thanks for sharing.


2 posted on 06/24/2008 7:59:10 PM PDT by LiberConservative ("Typical" White Guy)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
"I said to him, 'I want to give you a hug; maybe I'll never see you again,' "

How can I get her tell me I'm about to meet the woman of my dreams?

3 posted on 06/24/2008 8:00:11 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (the media vs. the people.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Tim Russert will always be remembered a a class act. A true and honest journalist and foremost a gentleman. Head and shoulders above his peers.


4 posted on 06/24/2008 8:00:20 PM PDT by semaj (Just shoot the bastards! * Your results may vary. Void where prohibited.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Blessings and God’s peace, which passes all understanding, to Maureen and Luke, and to Big Russ. For me, politics stops at eternity’s edge.


5 posted on 06/24/2008 8:00:20 PM PDT by Christian4Bush ("In Israel, the President hit the nail on the head. The nails are complaining loudly." - John Bolton)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Rest in Peace Tim, you did Buffalo proud.


6 posted on 06/24/2008 8:00:29 PM PDT by Shady (The Fairness Doctrine is ANYTHING but fair!!!!)
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To: LiberConservative

You’re welcome. I actually saw him speak once at a Catholic college, and he spoke about the necessity of finishing school and getting married before having children...


7 posted on 06/24/2008 8:03:48 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: the invisib1e hand

Wouldn’t that be nice...


8 posted on 06/24/2008 8:05:19 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: semaj
A true and honest journalist and foremost a gentleman.

That's exactly how he acted when I saw him speak at DeSales University...

9 posted on 06/24/2008 8:07:13 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Christian4Bush
For me, politics stops at eternity’s edge.

As it should be...

10 posted on 06/24/2008 8:07:58 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Shady
Rest in Peace Tim, you did Buffalo proud.

Yes he did...

11 posted on 06/24/2008 8:08:50 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
I'm sorry he died . . .

But his interview of President Bush in 2004 was a disgusting, partisan spectacle.

12 posted on 06/24/2008 8:08:54 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: LiberConservative

I think that Daniel Patrick Moynihan, for whom Russert worked, had a big influence on him. DPM was a sane Democrat.


13 posted on 06/24/2008 8:09:08 PM PDT by svxdave (Life is too short to wear a fake Rolex.)
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To: LdSentinal
He gave the commencement speech at my niece's college. A long rant about Bush, the war and how those opposed to it were not unpatriotic.

Still feel very sorry for his son.

14 posted on 06/24/2008 8:11:52 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Shady
TV must be an addiction. He could not walk away from it. After all the money He had made, Still had to be there. I'm sure the family wishes - He was here - now. For the rest of them, go home , be with your family. Raise some flowers. The world has been here for over 4 billion years. - You won't be! Don't worry about it. God has a plan. Don't worry about it
15 posted on 06/24/2008 8:14:30 PM PDT by reefdiver (Had Enough? Drill 4 OIL)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Good reminder never to part on a bad note. At least she got a goodbye of sorts and may that bring a little comfort to her.


16 posted on 06/24/2008 8:16:44 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (If it is going to take 10 years, shouldn't we get started? Drill here, drill now, pay less.)
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To: NonValueAdded
Good reminder never to part on a bad note. At least she got a goodbye of sorts and may that bring a little comfort to her.

a very good point...

17 posted on 06/24/2008 8:18:57 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

He’s dead, Jim.

He read the news.

Let us rest in peace.

The damned TV newsies drove this into the ground for over a week, to the exclussion of all things not Obama; let’s let it, him, and us rest, now that he is buried.

It isn’t like he was anyone important to the nation.


18 posted on 06/24/2008 8:24:21 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The Great Obamanation of Desolation, attempting to sit in the Oval Office, where he ought not..)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Steve Malzberg spoke of this on his radio show WOR710 out of NYC last week. He felt that it sounded strange and I agree. After death we all want to put the best light on the situation.


19 posted on 06/24/2008 8:35:33 PM PDT by mojo114
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To: ApplegateRanch

Dittos and amen.


20 posted on 06/24/2008 8:36:34 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: ApplegateRanch

There are lessons to be learned and reminders about being good sons and fathers. Forget the politics....


21 posted on 06/24/2008 8:36:52 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: ApplegateRanch

Will a eulogy for you be any more interesting or compelling than what you just said about Mr. Russert.


22 posted on 06/24/2008 8:54:01 PM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

“Russert was under extra stress at the time of his death”

Crossing the Clinton’s will do that to you.


23 posted on 06/24/2008 9:38:28 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: svxdave
I think that Daniel Patrick Moynihan, for whom Russert worked, had a big influence on him. DPM was a sane Democrat.

In the early 80's I used to run into him occasionally at Oneonta Airport in upstate New York. I flew with him a couple of times down to to LaGuardia on Catskill Airways. I remember him as always being extremely friendly and a *very* large man, in size and stature.
24 posted on 06/24/2008 9:39:38 PM PDT by WackySam (We Conservatives must return to voting for those who share our values- not against those who don't.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Then there were his three days in Europe, part of the graduation present for the Russerts' son, Luke. "It was very hot and humid in Rome,"

There it is. Global Warming killed Tim Russert.

-PJ

25 posted on 06/24/2008 9:42:33 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Repeal the 17th amendment -- it's the "Fairness Doctrine" for Congress!)
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To: reefdiver

“TV must be an addiction. He could not walk away from it.”

Very silly comment. He was 50 freakin’ 8. He could have stopped work at 38 and still dropped dead. He lived his life the way he apparently wanted to and that’s all that matters.


26 posted on 06/24/2008 10:43:36 PM PDT by Slehn (No one will ever associate the word "courage" with "Ivy League")
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To: ApplegateRanch

In fact, I think he was not a news reader. Something we can agree on is that you need rest!


27 posted on 06/24/2008 10:51:17 PM PDT by Slehn (No one will ever associate the word "courage" with "Ivy League")
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To: svxdave
DPM was a sane Democrat.

It would be nice to think that such a thing is possible, but it's not. One of his brainchildren was a 1,000% tax on ammunition.

That's not a typo, that's a 1 followed by 3 zeros.

28 posted on 06/24/2008 11:13:20 PM PDT by BikerTrash
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To: svxdave
DPM was a sane Democrat.

One of the last. Lieberman comes in as a poor runner-up.

29 posted on 06/24/2008 11:46:35 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: buccaneer81
Lieberman comes in as a poor runner-up.

Very poor.

30 posted on 06/25/2008 12:19:17 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

We all owe Mr. Russert a debt of gratitude. He was after all the moderator during the debate where Mrs. Clinton changed her answer 3 or 4 times in two minutes when he asked her if she supported her N.Y. Governors stance on drivers licence for illegals.
Russert refuse to let go when she gave a wishy washy answer.
Mrs. Clinton never regained her footing as a candidate.


31 posted on 06/25/2008 3:40:15 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Joe Boucher
We all owe Mr. Russert a debt of gratitude. He was after all the moderator during the debate where Mrs. Clinton changed her answer 3 or 4 times in two minutes when he asked her if she supported her N.Y. Governors stance on drivers licence for illegals. Russert refuse to let go when she gave a wishy washy answer. Mrs. Clinton never regained her footing as a candidate.

You're right. Too bad he can't go after Obama on his reversal of campaign financing...

32 posted on 06/25/2008 8:13:51 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Slehn

Exactly right...


33 posted on 06/25/2008 8:14:38 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: CaptainK

What college was that?


34 posted on 06/25/2008 8:23:23 AM PDT by John W
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To: svxdave
Correct me if I am wrong DPM wanted to run as a liberal Republican but nixed the idea.

History Major Freepers, please respond.

FWIW is that any indication of where Tim's politics would have been? We will never know the answer from the horses mouth.

35 posted on 06/25/2008 8:27:20 AM PDT by taildragger (The Answer is Fred Thompson, I do not care what the question is.....)
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To: John W

SUNY Purchase.


36 posted on 06/25/2008 9:15:09 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: taildragger
Correct me if I am wrong DPM wanted to run as a liberal Republican but nixed the idea.

I found this on Wikipedia:

"Moynihan was on balance, a political liberal. He voted against the death penalty, the flag desecration amendment, the balanced budget amendment, the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, the Defense of Marriage Act, the Communications Decency Act, and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

He was critical of proposals to replace the progressive income tax with a flat tax. Moynihan surprised many in 1991 when he voted against authorization of the Gulf War.

Despite his earlier writings on the negative effects of the welfare state, he surprised many people again by voting against welfare reform in 1996. He was sharply critical of the bill and certain Democrats who crossed party lines to support it."

37 posted on 06/25/2008 5:37:27 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Did he have anything to say about it being alright to forget about the sanctity of life when you went to work/and acted as an apologist for pro-infanticide politicians like he did?


38 posted on 06/25/2008 8:44:41 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: A.A. Cunningham

I also wondered how he came to terms with that...


39 posted on 06/26/2008 8:05:34 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Hillary-cide?


40 posted on 07/10/2008 8:28:19 PM PDT by pray4liberty
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