REACTION: Death of Walter Cronkite

[PeterPaul.ca] — Following is some of the reaction to the death of newsman Walter Cronkite.

FORMER NASA ASTRONAUT NEIL ARMSTRONG
“Walter Cronkite was a master of his craft, an enthusiastic reporter of human space flight, and a gentleman.”

NASA ADMINISTRATOR MAJ. GEN. CHARLES BOLDEN
“It was Walter Cronkite’s impassioned reporting that inspired me to join in the dreams of many to travel to space.”

GLOBAL NATIONAL HOST KEVIN NEWMAN
“To receive the blessing of Cronkite was all any of us in this business could ever hope for. I met him later in my career at private receptions and he was always a statesman and a gentleman.”

U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
“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.”

SEN. JOHN McCAIN [R-ARIZ]
“I will never forget our memorable visit together to Hanoi on the 10th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.”

HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADER JOHN BOEHNER OF OHIO
“From the Kennedy assassination to the moon landing and beyond, he was always there to inform and educate us, with the high standards and rigorous commitment to the truth that Edward R. Murrow set at CBS News.”

SEN. MITCH McCONNELL [R-KY]
“One of the most iconic news reporters of the 20th century.”

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
“For decades, Walter Cronkite was the fixture in American living rooms whose reassuring voice reported on some of the most important moments in our nation’s history.”

FORMER NEWS CHANNEL 8 ANCHOR BOB HITE
“Here he was a superstar, although he had no desire to be one.”

LONGTIME “60 Minutes” CORRESPONDENT MORLEY SAFER
“The trust that viewers placed in him was based on the recognition of his fairness, honesty and strict objectivity … and of course his long experience as a shoe-leather reporter covering everything from local politics to World War II and its aftermath in the Soviet Union.”

EVANGELIST BILLY GRAHAM
“I will never forget Walter’s narration of a documentary film produced about my wife, Ruth. May God bless his family during these days.”

THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB
“Walter Cronkite represented the best of American Journalism. He will be missed.”

CONGRESSMAN CHAKA FATTAH [D-PA]
“He was a truth teller. When Walter Cronkite described the quagmire of Vietnam as it truly was, the national consensus shifted.”

ACTOR GEORGE CLOONEY
“He was the most important voice in our lives for thirty years … I hate the world without Walter Cronkite.”

ACTRESS CHRISTINA APPLEGATE via Twitter.com
“Had the chance to sit next to Mr. Cronkite on a plane once. We talked the entire time. When he left he hugged me and said ‘I love you’ sweet.”

@PeterPaulX

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