Not to speak ill of the dead, but really, Newseum? Is it necessary to further enshrine the late and already vigorously celebrated “Meet the Press” anchor Tim Russert by re-creating his NBC office as an exhibit? –KA

AP via Google News:

His office was “very homey, very much reflects his wide array of interests,” including politics, religion, family, music and his beloved Buffalo Bills, said Newseum exhibits director Cathy Trost. About 300 books filled Russert’s bookshelves, next to Uncle Sam figures and autographed baseballs.

Newspapers, magazines and research binders cluttered his desk. A drawing done by his son, Luke, at age 7 was close by.

NBC News President Steve Capus said the exhibit will be a snapshot of everyday life for a normal guy who became an important figure in news and politics.

“When I saw the mock-up of what it was going to look like, it literally gave me chills,” he said. “You know, I felt like we were right back in those wonderful days when Tim was still with us.”

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