21 Superb Tim Russert Quotes

Tim Russert was an American television journalist and lawyer. He spent more than 16 years on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ before suffering from a sudden heart attack in 2008 that led to his passing. Originally from Buffalo, Russert was also an author of several best selling books. Here is a collection to some of the best Tim Russert quotes from his life.

“America has just begun the 21st century. if you could select two items for a time capsule that best represents America in the 21st Century. what would they be?”

“Are you, or anyone who reports to you, contemplating resignation?”

“I’ll do what I have to do.”


“It’s never too late to begin the process of becoming the father you want to be, the one you always wished you had.”

“It’s an affirmation of the history of Meet the Press.”

“Learn to love people for who they are and forgive them for who they are not.”

“Looking at the high cost of occupation in Iraq and the needs we have in this country, would it not have been better to have smaller tax cuts in order to keep down the deficits.”

“No one likes to be in the center of these things.”

“Should we freeze or postpone prospective tax cuts and avoid any new tax cuts until we are sure we have the money to pay for the war on terrorism and the war in Iraq.”

“That is exactly what I tried to do. It’s a delicate balance. You want to ask the right questions, the right follow-up, but you also have to realize that you could easily spend the entire hour on one subject.”

“The best exercise for the human heart is reaching down to lift someone else up.”

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love his mother.”

“The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.”

“The primary responsibility of the media is accountability of government, whether it’s about lying under oath, which upset Democrats, or the mismanagement of responding to a hurricane, which happens to upset Republicans.”

“There was a perception created of incompetence, some even said callousness and he needs to replace it with compassion.”

“To suggest that we need several hundred thousand troops there after military operations cease, after the conflict ends, I don’t think is accurate. I think that’s an overstatement.”

“We can be for peace without supporting the enemy. We can be against this war without rooting for the other side.”
“We have lost one of our very, very best.”

“We’re an optimistic people, but something is amiss. People feel it, and I think it partly revolves around the war.”

“Whatever the criticisms and the after-action report may be about what was right and what was wrong looking back, what would be a horrible tragedy would be to distract ourselves from avoiding further problems because we’re spending time talking about problems that have already occurred.”

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

Check out this interview with Tim Russert from ‘Meet the Press.’ A part of a complete collection of interviews given by Russert, he shares some of his experiences and perspectives from moderating it.

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