Hundreds of people lined up Tuesday in Washington to pay their last respects to NBC's Tim Russert.
President Bush was among the first to attend the wake at Saint Alban's School, once attended by Russert's Son.
People from all walks of life, from around the country, and both sides of the political aisle have flocked to the church.
Those who knew Tim Russert well and those who just knew him from TV are saying many of the same thing: He was a down-to-earth man whose passion made a real difference.
"Every time I saw him, he was as down to earth as anyone you'd ever know. A wonderful man," said Leonard Russel, a former coach of Russert's son Luke.
Most of the people attending the wake were fans who felt a connection.
"Every Sunday, I would sit down and watch that show. It's like a peace of life going away, I really feel that," said Matt Reid.
Many wanted to thank a friend who had informed and enlightened them for so many years.
"He was the politics man, he was the go-to guy, explained everything. He was our teacher and I don't know what we're gonna do without him," added Darlene Stroman.