Both the political and news communities have lost one of the truly good guys.
On Thursday, Charles Krauthammer passed away, provoking somber thoughts from both liberals and conservatives, including former President George W. Bush, who wrote alongside his wife:
Moments ago, former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush released a statement about the death of longtime Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer. https://t.co/Zvd5ExdrNG pic.twitter.com/7HGWZo4eT5
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 21, 2018
When Charles Krauthammer spoke, people listened.
A regular political contributor on Fox News, Krauthammer was also a winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
In recent months, Krauthammer had been missing from Fox News due to a battle with cancer.
Earlier this month, he revealed the disease was spreading rapidly throughout his body.
The revelation his doctors had given him only weeks to live stunned the entire community.
It was no surprise that as word of his death spread, condolences started to pour in from around the country.
Vice President Pence sent a tweet as well, writing:
Charles Krauthammer will long be remembered for his eloquence, his triumph in hardship, and his countless contributions to American political thought. Karen & I send our condolences and prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) June 21, 2018
House Speaker Paul Ryan followed suit, saying:
Charles Krauthammer was one of the great thinkers of our time. A giant in his intellect and his character. A good and gracious man. And a dear friend. This is such a loss. Our prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 21, 2018
One of the greatest attributes of Krauthammer was that he never pulled punches, and he never warmed up to someone simply because he was supposed to.
If he didn’t like someone’s politics, Republican or Democrat, he let them know it.
You will truly be missed Mr. Krauthammer. RIP.