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Jenna Bush Hager Offers 5 Things She Learned from “Gampy” George H.W. Bush

Photo courtesy NBC News

Photo courtesy NBC News

Writing for TODAY.com, contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager offered an essay dedicated to her “Gampy,” President George H.W. Bush, with childhood photos including 41.

In the piece, she shares 5 things she’s learned from her grandfather, a man she says “has really always astonished me,” and reflects on his recent 90th birthday and skydive.

On the importance of service, Bush Hager recalls a 1997 letter he wrote on advice from his mother: “Be honest. Tell the truth. Be kind. Care about the other guy — help him. Don’t look down on anyone. You have an obligation to help others”

For more from TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager, click here.

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Twitter Reacts To Fournier’s Parenting Piece

I’ll say this about this piece by National Journal’s Ron Fournier: It was honest. The lengthy story, which chronicled the relationship he’s had with his son is undoubtedly a tough, emotional read. Fournier readily admits he hasn’t been a great father. I cringed when I read this part about Fournier agreeing to not force his child to play sports anymore. His son, Tyler, hated sports. But, Fournier made him participate for YEARS.

“By the time he reached his teens, he could sense that something was amiss. After a dozen years of butting heads about sports, which he had come to hate, Tyler and I struck a deal. He could give up sports if he promised to exercise three days a week and join an extracurricular club in school. We were sitting on the sofa in the family room when he grabbed my hand and shook it. ‘You got a deal,’ Tyler said. Then he grew quiet. I asked what was wrong. ‘I was afraid you wouldn’t like me as much if I stopped playing sports.’”

While it’s a fascinating read, it does come across as a peek inside the therapy sessions that Fournier’s kid will be having in a matter of years. It’s all so….  public. Sometimes, the best writing is the most difficult to read. In this case, I just came away hoping that Fournier had learned from his past mistakes.

The story made the rounds throughout the day on Friday, Twitter reacted, with many effusively praising Fournier… Read more

More Statements On Cronkite’s Passing From Around Town, Country

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…

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TWT Radio Show Kicks Off With President George H.W. Bush Interview

TWT‘s radio show America’s Morning News with hosts John McCaslin and Melanie Morgan launched today. The show kicked off with an interview with former President George H.W. Bush. You can tune in online here.

They’ll celebrate the launch with a party this evening. Check out FBDC tomorrow for coverage.

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Bill Cosby, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint, Rep. Maxine Waters and a roundtable with former Rep. David Bonior, Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot, CNBC’s John Harwood, Vanity Fair’s Bethany McLean and McCain economic adviser Mark Zandi.

  • This Week: President-elect Barack Obama and a roundtable with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, and ABC News’ George Will.

  • Face the Nation: House Minority Leader John Boehner, Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen.-designate Roland Burris.

  • Fox News Sunday: President George W. Bush and former President George H.W. Bush and a roundtable with Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Charles Krauthammer, Syndicated Columnist & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition: Vice President Dick Cheney, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former White House adviser David Gergen, Washington Times’ Tara Wall, Democratic strategist James Carville, CNN’s Gloria Borger and CNN’s Candy Crowley.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Norah O’Donnell of MSNBC; Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune; Kathleen Parker, Washington Post Writers Group; and Reihan Salam of The Atlantic

  • Reliable Sources: Media analyst Keli Goff, National Review’s Jim Geraghty, Politico’s Roger Simon, Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, CNN’s Frank Sesno, NPR ombudsman Alicia Shepard, GWU professor Mark Feldstein and comedian Jessi Klein.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Gov. David Paterson of New York.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Cathy Lanier, Washington DC Police Chief, and Phillip Morse, U.S. Capitol Police Chief will be interviewed by Emily Yahle of Roll Call, and Mark Segraves of WTOP Radio.

  • GPS: Palestinian political activist Hanan Ashwari, Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, author Stephen Walt, author Gilles Kepel and IBM chair/CEO Sam Palmisano.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, The Washington Post’s Colbert King, and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • Morning Reading List, 01.06.09

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    Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and a roundtable with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, BBC World News America’s Katty Kay, Al-Arabiya’s Hisham Melhem, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and The New York Times’ David Sanger.

  • This Week: Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), U.S. Senate Appointee Roland Burris (D-IL) and a roundtable with The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Cokie Roberts, and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Former President George H.W. Bush and a panel with Brit Hume, Washington Managing Editor of Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Saeb Erakat, chief Palestinian negotiator, Gov. Jon Corzine (D), Governor of New Jersey, Gov. Mark Sanford (R), Governor of South Carolina, Mitt Romney (R), former presidential candidate; former Governor of Massachusetts, Ed Rollins, Republican strategist; CNN political contributor, James Carville, Democratic strategist; CNN political contributor, Amy Walter, CNN political contributor; editor-in-chief, The Hotline, Gloria Borger, CNN senior political analyst and Ed Henry, CNN senior White House correspondent.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Erin Burnett of CNBC; David Brooks of the New York Times; Joe Klein of Time magazine; and Norah O’Donnell of MSNBC.

  • Reliable Sources: Jonathan Martin, Politico, Carol Marin, anchor, WMAQ Chicago, Michel Martin, host, “Tell Me More” NPR, Jim Warren, former managing editor, The Chicago Tribune, Phil Bronstein, executive editor, The San Francisco Chronicle, Len Downie, executive editor, The Washington Post and Jessi Klein, writer and comedian.

  • C-SPAN’s In Depth: Author and journalist Bill Gertz

  • Inside Washington: Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King, Politico’s Jeanne Cummings, and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Fareed Zakaria — GPS: Sam Palmisano, CEO, IBM and Gilles Kepel, author, “Beyond Terror and Martyrdom”