06/26/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

An Appreciation of Tim Russert

The news came on Friday. It was followed by shock and disbelief. Tim
Russert, only 58 years old, had died. He was a friend of this program and
he was a friend of mine. As Al Hunt said to me at this table, Tim was the
gold standard in our business. On the day of his death, we commemorated him
through new commentary and old interviews. Here is Tim in his own words
expressing his gratitude for having the chance to live the American dream.