NBC News Washington bureau chief and moderator of “Meet the Press,”
Tim Russert died Friday at the age of 58.
[MUSIC UP AND UNDER] [CLIP] TIM RUSSERT: Everybody has hopes and dreams and aspirations about how we see our country and how we see our world. And I do think that John McCain and Barack Obama are really going to paint very different pictures, and we saw the beginning of that tonight.
And it's going to be really extraordinary for us as a country, as a people, to have this chance to listen to this. And if we can have an election with huge [LAUGHS] differences on big issues, it will be so important for our country and for our democracy, and it could really add even more to this already historic election. [END CLIP] BOB GARFIELD: NBC's Tim Russert on the night Barack Obama claimed the Democratic presidential nomination. Russert will not witness this extraordinary moment in political history. The affable interviewer and pundit, who became NBC's top political journalist by asking tough questions with an easy smile, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 58 years old. [MUSIC UP AND UNDER]