Russert's Son: 'My Dad's Last Speech'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2008 6:42 PM CDT
Friends, colleagues, media and political luminaries walk out of Holy Trinity Church in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington following the funeral for Tim Russert.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – Tim Russert's 22-year-old son delivered what he called his "dad's last speech" today before a crowd of Washington luminaries, People reports. "My dad was my best friend," said a composed Luke Russert, who called his father a "force of nature" who combined his passion for work with a boundless humanity. The emotional service concluded with a video tribute from Bruce Springsteen, a guest Russert always hoped to land.

"Tim Russert led with his heart, his compassion and most of all his honor," said Luke. "I love you, dad, and in his words, let us all go get 'em!" James Carville called Luke's speech "one of the best talks I've ever heard anyone give."