THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2009
STATEMENT FROM THE PRESIDENT ON THE PASSING OF WALTER CRONKITE
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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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCain
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.