Former President George W. Bush: “Walter Cronkite was an icon of American journalism who shaped his profession in countless ways during his decades on the air. Tonight, his family is in our thoughts and prayers.”

Former President George H.W. Bush: “Barbara and I join the nation in mourning the passing of Walter Cronkite. As a pioneer in television journalism, he was a towering, respected figure. Many Americans heard it from Walter first that President Kennedy had died, or that man had walked on the moon. He is already missed.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “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.”

Senator John McCain: “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.”

Statements from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Neil Armstrong also after the jump…


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. He was the most trusted man in America who calmly explained monumental events such as the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the moon landing – events that shaped and defined a generation. Walter remains the benchmark for what it means to be a television journalist and he will be missed. Maria and I join all Californians in expressing our sadness over his passing and we send our thoughts and prayers to Walter’s family and friends.”

Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong: “For a news analyst and reporter of the happenings of the day to be successful, he or she needs three things: accuracy, timeliness, and the trust of the audience. Many are fortunate to have the first two. The trust of the audience must be earned.

“Walter Cronkite seemed to enjoy the highest of ratings. He had a passion for human space exploration, an enthusiasm that was contagious, and the trust of his audience. He will be missed.”