June 9, 2005


Russert Draws Laughs, Dispenses Advice (VINITA M. ALEXANDER, 6/09/05, Harvard Crimson)

When [Tim] Russert gave a commencement address at Holy Cross last month, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported that he had delivered virtually the same speech at multiple commencement ceremonies over the past five years.

Keen ears at yesterday’s ceremonies perceived the occasional scattered proclamations of “Bingo!” from among the audience, as several students marked off cards etched with key phrases culled from transcripts of Russert’s canned addresses.

Max E.S. Brodsky ’05, who helped to organize the game of “Tim Russert Bingo,” said he felt the need to “rib Russert a little for his lack of spontaneity and the fact that most of his speech is totally recycled.”

Brodsky said the “prank wasn’t actually directed at Tim Russert” but rather was a “response to the conservative choice of Tim Russert for Class Day, which usually calls for a funny, more lighthearted speaker.”

“Russert came through with a great speech that did speak to the moment—just as it probably has for moments since 1986,” added David R. Ferris ’05, who helped Brodsky organize the game.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 9, 2005 6:59 PM

This sounds like nothing more than a smart-ass student prank. So what if he has one basic commencement speech template? Better Russert's canned speech than a speaker who uses fingers to represent countries, then picks the middle digit to represent the US.

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at June 9, 2005 7:18 PM

Lighten up, Ed.

Posted by: ZF at June 9, 2005 7:24 PM

Bingo. Feh. Now, if it'd been a DRINKING game. There you'd have somethin'.

Posted by: John Resnick at June 9, 2005 7:27 PM

if russert can't be bothered to actually write something for the address he is going to give, he shouldn't accept the engagement. the kids deserve better than that. shouting bingo is witty and proportional.

Posted by: cjm at June 9, 2005 7:32 PM

Tim Russert: A speech costs $10,000. An original speech costs $50,000.

Holy Cross: Bingo!

Posted by: pj at June 9, 2005 8:49 PM

I would pay to see a guest reply to Tim (next Sunday), "But Tim, I answered that very same question back in June 1997 - don't you remember?"

What would Russert say?

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 9, 2005 10:08 PM

its telling that such a mediocre talent as russet has such a big rep in the media. a well informed high schooler could do a better job than this lump.

Posted by: cjm at June 9, 2005 11:58 PM

bingo to cjm..

every time I hear Russert on Imus, I think ,'jeez, what a fat, Irish BSer.'

Posted by: JonofAtlanta at June 10, 2005 8:54 AM

invariably my reaction to russert is "is that all there is ?!". and you can count on tim to go into the tank whenever a democrat is on at a critical time. he will embarass them when the stakes are low, but will prop them up best he can during an election.

Posted by: cjm at June 10, 2005 1:10 PM
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