When I was your age, he was the man.
Obama salutes Walter Cronkite at memorial service
By David Bauder, AP Television Writer
September 9, 2009
NEW YORK --President Barack Obama called Walter Cronkite "a voice of certainty in a world that was growing more and more uncertain."
Speaking at a memorial service for the legendary newsman, Obama acknowledged he hadn't known Cronkite personally, "but I have benefited as a citizen from his dogged pursuit of the truth."
Obama's remarks concluded a gathering Wednesday of dignitaries, journalists, family and friends at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall to honor Cronkite, who died July 17 at age 92.
Others appearing included former CBS colleagues, musicians Wynton Marsalis and Mickey Hart, and former President Bill Clinton, who saluted Cronkite for "an inquiring mind and a caring heart and a careful devotion to the facts."
Obama lamented commercial and competitive pressures that threaten journalistic standards Cronkite championed.