Tim Russert’s Wife Opens Up After His DeathJune 23rd, 2008 - 1:07 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
Tim Russert who left his wife and son from Italy to go back to Washington, D.C., so that he could tape ‘Meet the press’. Before leaving he was grabbed by his wife.
“I said to him, ‘I want to give you a hug; maybe I’ll never see you again,’ ” says journalist Maureen Orth, 65, speaking publicly about her husband for the first time since his June 13 passing – the day after he left Italy. “I don’t know why I said that to him. I just had a feeling.”
Russert was depressed at the time of his death. Since he had to cover this year’s presidential election,flying to Buffalo to visit his father.
It was his three days in Europe, part of the graduation present for the Russerts’ son, Luke. “It was very hot and humid in Rome,” says Orth. “I was so tired. I told him, ‘I don’t know how you do it.’