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  • No, this is not disrespectful. This was probably a family member or close friend remembering and grieving in their own way. As I recall, Rolling Rock was Russert’s favorite beer.

  • I believe the term is “Littering”.

    • ah

      +1. This isn’t Jim Morrisson.

      Anyway, fine, if you want to grieve by downing some Rolling Rock next to Russert’s grave, go nuts. But that doesn’t mean you should subject others who want to grieve to your detritus. It’s a selfish display.

  • I guess it matters most what the family thinks. There is no way to know what the motivation was, but I think it’s pretty harmless. A few times a year we toast my brother in this way leaving a beer or two behind for him. It’s a little ritual that keeps us connected. It always feels nice to see that someone else was there too.

  • Mr. Russert was a welcoming man with a good sense of humor. His family is in the area and hundreds of his friends as well. I think it was a proper tribute to imbibe in his memory. Whether it was one of his own or just a fan who appreciated the affable reporter, I see no dishonor in this purposeful display.

  • Sunday just isn’t the same without him.

    • No, unfortunately, Sundays are exactly the same.

      Tim Russert was the epitome of the Washington establishment political journalist — an insider, who would make a show of asking a “tough” question only to back off and fail to do any real follow-through.

      Not for nothing that Cheney wanted to take stories to Russert, because the environment was so friendly.

      The fawning, uncritical appraisals following his death lionized him into some sort of patron saint of the probing journalist, when he was never anything of the sort.

      And would someone please take his idiot son off the air?

  • I’ve seen his grave before (maybe this time last year?) and there was also a Rolling Rock on his grave, I think it’s a tribute to him 🙂

    I feel a lot of kinship with Tim Russert because he grew up in the same neighborhood in South Buffalo as my parents (my mom’s kindergarten best friend became a nun and was Tim Russert’s teacher a couple decades later). His book “Big Russ & Me” had some spot-on descriptions of the old neighborhood that my parents really loved.

  • The visit and beer are cool but leaving trash behind isn’t.

  • Probably an homage to this ridiculous country song I heard while driving through Central PA:

    Then one sunny day, I saw the old mans face
    Front page obituary, he was a millionaree
    He left his fortune to, some guy he barely knew
    His kids were mad as hell, but me, Im doing well
    And I dropped by today, to just say thanks and pray
    And I left a six-pack right there on his grave
    And i said, God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Russert’s favorite beer was Rolling Rock, and, at his funeral, fellow anchor Tom Brokaw brought and raised a Rolling Rock in Russert’s memory.[from CNN news]

  • elections are never the same without Tim Russert and neither are Sundays. No one else has even gotten close to replacing him

  • i worked at a cemetery when I was in college and people leave things on headstones all the time. It usually has some sentimental significance to the deceased. It wasn’t my place to ask. Everyone has a different way of grieving or remembering their loved one. One lady would bake cookies and leave them on her husband’s stone. Another guy would tape a note to a grave that simply said I love you. We would normally leave the item there for 1 week and then remove it. Most of the stuff was then cataloged and stored, except for foodstuffs,

  • A full beer would have been respectful. An empty bottle just looks like trash.

  • You people who call this littering are fools

    1)The cemetery is almost certainly private property with a cleaning staff that is paid to remove the mementos that people leave behind

    2)You’re judgmental. Who are you to say what sort of tribute is “litter” and what is appropriate? Why do you get to decide flowers are okay and beer bottles are not? Don’t try to hide behind decorum — Russ is dead, so I really don’t think he is going to be too offended either way.

    3)Even if this remembrance is technically litter, who gives a damn about one beer bottle if leaving it behind gives the mourning some solace?

    (And just as a heads up too all the members of the enviropolice: please don’t try to clean up the “trash” that’s been left behind at the Vietnam Memorial either)

  • Not sure why people still want to make such a big deal out of Russert. Sad that he died young and he left loved ones, but as a journalist he let us all down long before he died. He lofted softballs and provided a helpful platform for people who really should have been asked hard questions that effected millions of lives.

    How quickly we forget:

    BILL MOYERS: The Cheney office didn’t leak to you that there’s gonna be a big story?

    TIM RUSSERT: No. No. I mean, I don’t have the– This is, you know– on MEET THE PRESS, people come on and there are no ground rules. We can ask any question we want. I did not know about the aluminum tubes story until I read it in the NEW YORK TIMES.

    BILL MOYERS: Critics point to September eight, 2002 and to your show in particular, as the classic case of how the press and the government became inseparable. Someone in the Administration plants a dramatic story in the NEW YORK TIMES And then the Vice President comes on your show and points to the NEW YORK TIMES. It’s a circular, self-confirming leak.

    TIM RUSSERT: I don’t know how Judith Miller and Michael Gordon reported that story, who their sources were. It was a front-page story of the NEW YORK TIMES. When Secretary Rice and Vice President Cheney and others came up that Sunday morning on all the Sunday shows, they did exactly that. My concern was, is that there were concerns expressed by other government officials. And to this day, I wish my phone had rung, or I had access to them.

    Gee, it’d be great if Tim only had, like, the resources of an entire network at his disposal. If only he had been the bureau chief of DC, or had his own show where could have asked some questions and investigated clearly fictitious allegations about WMD’s.

    Sorry the guy’s dead, but a lot of people died in Iraq that maybe didn’t need to if he, Judy Miller, and the other quislings in the MSM hadn’t played ball.

    • Ah, you cut the best part of that Moyers special! — right after Tim Russert says he wished his phone had rung, he cuts to his interview with a CBS reporter who got the story on the tubes, because he interviewed the leading expert on the topic — whom he reached because he looked him up in the phone book.

      Tim Russert couldn’t be bothered to open the friggin’ phone book.

      And now we have his absolute moron of a son on the air, following in his “great” dad’s footsteps.

  • hey all! it’s my photo so i thought i’d clear up a few things… the beers were not empty. 5 were unopened and the one that was opened had a small amount poured out on the stone and was left there for him. The one empty one was an Amstel Light bottle (i think?) and it was left in the empty slot in the six pack container. Probably the visiter brought that one for themselves and drank it while paying their respects. I didn’t think it was disrespectful or littering at all – i thought it was sweet. If I had thought it was terrible, I wouldn’t have posted the pic. Sorry if my posting confused anyone.

  • for what it’s worth, there’s almost always a bottle of scotch by f. scott fitzgerald’s grave at st. mary’s in rockville. part of the tradition.

  • Come on, PoP. I thought you were part of the military/defense establishment at one point. It’s a tribute. This is a fairly common practice at soldiers’ graves, and it’s probably caught on in other communities as well.

  • While I liked Tim Russert very much, I believe that Rolling Rock is a terrible beer choice. It tastes like soda water. What sort of Buffalonian favors a lady beer?

    Sorry Tim. This is disturbing. And Poon judges you.

  • maybe if the dude had learned to like Light beer he’d still be around… just sayin’…

  • I wonder why the stone doesn’t include “husband.”

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