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Bob Schieffer And My Coffee Mug

January 31, 2008

It may sound strange but every Saturday night for well over a decade I make sure that my ‘Sunday coffee mug’ is clean and ready for a hot beverage come the next morning.  The mug is the official “Face The Nation” one that can be seen on the famed CBS show, placed in front of those being interviewed by Bob Schieffer.  A great friend sent the mug to me while he visited New York, and the use of it every Sunday morning is now just a long running tradition.  The mug is really symbolic for the deep respect I have for the man who anchors the Sunday broadcast.

Bob Schieffer is one of those rock solid reporters that I have turned to in times of national upheaval for an honest dose of news.  During election season he demonstrates a long running love of the political process.  He is gifted with political analysis that makes the younger faces around him seen so….well…average.  He has a keen sense for blending his professional journalistic skills with a dose of humanity, and a touch of humor, to make his time on-air well worth my time.  It has been that way for decades.   He never has let me down.

But starting in January with a new President sitting in the Oval Office Bob Schieffer will not be on the air.  He announced his retirement from the Sunday morning broadcast this week.

I felt the time Bob Schieffer was the anchor of the CBS Evening News was the best for that program since Walter Cronkite left the air.  The fact that Schieffer knows how to write and craft his story to hit the facts, while drawing the audience in for more, is not easy.  But after all the years that he has devoted to his profession it comes with ease.  The fact it does look effortless on his part is just more proof of his television skills.

His grace on the air is also a well-known trait, one that has earned him respect from all quarters.  He is a man with a job to do, but proves time and again that being a gentleman does not mean he can also not be successful, or get to the bottom of the latest headlines.

Come January I will still watch “Face The Nation”, but I wonder if the coffee in the old mug will taste the same.

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  1. November 2, 2014 7:39 AM

    I have looked for one of the new mugs, too. I also have not been able to locate one for sale. If I ever do find a way to buy one I will alert you. Thanks so much for the comment and for reading my blog.

  2. Delphi permalink
    November 2, 2014 2:50 AM

    My 75 y.o. mother and I watch Face The Nation every week. She badly wanted one of the mugs they used to use on the show…the version I’m sure you wrote about above. Now they have a new version but CBS doesn’t sell them. I’ve sent them my second message in as many years asking them why they don’t sell the Face The Nation mug. My mother will be very envious when I tell her about this post of yours. If you’re ever interested in selling it, please let me know? Thanks and have a good one!

  3. August 18, 2014 7:51 AM

    Bob Schieffer remains a work-horse at CBS news with his institutional memory and high degree of credibility. Just a solid, seasoned and well-respected reporter in every sense of the word.

  4. jhosk permalink
    August 17, 2014 10:22 PM

    I saw Bob host Face the Nation today, August 17, 2014. What happened to that retirement plan from 2008?

  5. April 28, 2008 10:04 PM

    Bob would be the perfect guy to have over for dinner. He seems real. Add that to his background and knowledge and I can only imagine the stories he could tell.

  6. alessapiscioneri permalink
    April 28, 2008 9:37 PM

    I had a chance to meet him once, and he’s a very nice man I’ve been a fan of his ever since.

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