A few years ago I went to a dinner party to watch one of GW Bush’s State of the Union addresses and I was lucky enough to be seated near Walter Cronkite. We spoke a bit, and after the State of the Union address he offered his perspective on the address and on President Bush (Mr. Cronkite was diplomatic, but clearly not a fan of President Bush…).
Walter Cronkite was in many ways the voice of my mother’s generation. He was always balanced and fair and more interested in facts than opinions. Year after year he was voted ‘the most trusted man in America’, and for good reason. He was solid and stable and reliable and his dying yesterday is very sad indeed.