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RazBerryBeret Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:42 PM
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My favorite Russert Quote:
Edited on Fri Jun-13-08 04:44 PM by RazBerryBeret
he wrote about the impact of his book on his family:
(his son's name is Luke)

Dad needed to know it was all right to express his love to me, and my book had assured him that it was. Now that I had declared my love for himand in publicsomething between us changed forever. About a month later, Maureen, Luke, and I went back to Buffalo for Christmas Eve and then on to New York, where we attended midnight mass. When we returned to our apartment, Luke disappeared to take a shower. A few minutes later, I heard Maureen yelling, My God, what have you done? She ran into the room, horrified. He has a tattoo!

I jumped out of my chair and yelled, Luke, come in here! I was really mad. A few months earlier, when he had told me he wanted a tattoo, I brought up the possible health risks and pointed out the irreversibility of a youthful decision that he might someday regret. I had talked him out of itor so I thought.

But here he was before me, with a towel around his waist and his arms firmly locked down.


Let me see it.

No.

Let me see it!

No!

Luke, let me see it!

He reluctantly raised his left arm, and there were the letters TJR. Those are my initialsand also my dads. Luke was misty eyed. After I read your book, he said, I wanted you and Grandpa to always be on my side.

I collapsed back into the chairspeechlessand then sobbed. Luke came over and wrapped his arms around me. Laughing and crying at the same time, I pledged never to complain about Lukes tattoo again. I was honored to be on his side... forever.

In November, my dad had reacted to my book by telling me flat out that he loved me. And now, just a month later, in a very different way, so had my son. Of all the things I have done in my professional career, nothing has been more rewarding than writing that book.



Man, that still makes me tear up.....
sigh.....
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:44 PM
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1. one of my favorites from Tim Russert:
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.
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glowing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:44 PM
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2. That is probably a good way to remember him.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:45 PM
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3. Now you've gone and done it...
:cry:














And why was Maureen in the bathroom? :hide:
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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:46 PM
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6. Oh now...me too....blurry screen. God bless you Tim!
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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:49 PM
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8. Ahem...Let me posit:
You see, it is my experience that a lot of, but not all, women have bladders about 1/10000 the size of ---===> .

So, it is possible that..

Well, you get my drift by now, surely. ;-)
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 05:12 PM
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20. Yep, I'm sure they have only one.
:rofl:

All in good fun here, not meant to demean in any way!
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:45 PM
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4. That must have meant so much to him -
what a beautiful story. Thanks.
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hisownpetard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:46 PM
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5. Me, too. Very moving, and comforting to hear. I'm happy he had that.
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C_U_L8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:49 PM
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7. oh dear you've got me all weepy
need hanky
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RazBerryBeret Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:51 PM
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9. yep...I have the smeary mascara now too....
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:51 PM
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10. What a coincidence! I have Jack Welch tattooed on my butt !!
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RazBerryBeret Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:52 PM
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11. ummmm...
because you always wanted him on your ass? whut?
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:54 PM
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12. what a troll remark. very sad
my nephew adored my dad. he got his name, birthdate and a navy anchor tatooed across his back for my dad's memory.

You really need to find a way to separate legitimate concerns over a man's work from the man's family and his personal reality. your remarks are as sad as anything I have read so far.
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ellie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 05:49 PM
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27. My little brother
had "Number 9" tattooed on his back after our father died. When we were little, my dad used to introduce him to people as Number 9, as in his ninth child. Now I'm crying.
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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:57 PM
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15. Get a heart - you have to be colder than steel -nt
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:55 PM
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13. that's beautiful
:loveya: :cry:
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Fleshdancer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:56 PM
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14. OMG
What an incredible story :cry:
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DianaForRussFeingold Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:57 PM
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16. K&R
Thank You! :hug:


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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:58 PM
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17. That poor boy today - just graduated. -nt
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 04:58 PM
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18. Yeah, that's a pretty good one.
:)
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 05:00 PM
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19. .........
:cry:

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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 05:15 PM
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22. That's a good one. A really good quote. Gives me very intense feelings. thanks. nt
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 05:29 PM
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24. That made me misty eyed. :-( n/t
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ailsagirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 05:32 PM
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25. Thanks for posting-- that was beautiful n/t
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oxbow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 05:40 PM
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26. Godspeed TJR Jr.
we miss you already...though I know you wish you were back here too, especially with the election we're about to have!
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