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Obama, McCain, Pelosi on the death of Walter Cronkite




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July 17, 2009


For decades, Walter Cronkite was the most trusted voice in America. His rich
baritone reached millions of living rooms every night, and in an industry of
icons, Walter set the standard by which all others have been judged.

He was there through wars and riots, marches and milestones, calmly telling us
what we needed to know. And through it all, he never lost the integrity he
gained growing up in the heartland.

But Walter was always more than just an anchor. He was someone we could trust to
guide us through the most important issues of the day; a voice of certainty in
an uncertain world. He was family. He invited us to believe in him, and he
never let us down. This country has lost an icon and a dear friend, and he will
be truly missed.

Pelosi Statement on the Passing of Walter Cronkite

Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the passing of Walter Cronkite:

"Walter Cronkite was the face and voice of American journalism for generations. A giant in his field, he set the standard for news even today: fair and thorough.

"From the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, to the war in Vietnam, to the landing on the moon 40 years ago next week, Walter Cronkite delivered the news and provided trusted commentary on the events that shaped our history. Like millions of Americans, he was a fixture in my home.

"Let us honor the legacy of Walter Cronkite by remembering the essential role that a free press plays in our democracy, and by protecting the right of journalists to report the news."

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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) issued the following statement regarding the passing of Walter Cronkite:

"I'm saddened to learn of the passing of Walter Cronkite - one of the most influential newsmen of our time. I will never forget our memorable visit together to Hanoi on the 10th anniversary of the fall of Saigon," said Senator John McCain.



Sic transit gloria mundi

I hope with the passing of Mr. Cronkite that all journalists, anchorpersons and people of the press in general, will follow in his prestigious yet humble footsteps and deliver the news with the factual integrity he displayed. I remember watching him on television as a kid, not quite understanding all that was being said, but knowing that something important was happening. He had that kind of voice that just captured you immediately. My mom tells stories of how I as a child in my walker, would run to kiss the TV whenever he, Dick Cavett or Johnny Cash would come on. Go figure.
He will be greatly missed by those that had the opportunity to experience him. He was a true dignitary of the airwaves.

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