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David Broder: One of a Kind
Comments () | Published June 9, 2011


Dan Balz: On the road, he generally dressed badly: flannel shirts and battered jackets. He never felt the need to be dressed for the next television camera that might show up. He wasn’t a foodie. In New Hampshire, we ate at the Olive Garden as much as we ate at good restaurants. 

Maralee Schwartz, former Washington Post political editor: He didn’t want to overspend. You’d pray it wouldn’t be McDonald’s.

Ken Adelman, next-door neighbor for nearly 30 years: Dave, for years and years, took the bus in to work. He would walk over about two blocks, stand out on Glebe Road, and take the Arlington bus. There’d be Dave and a bunch of immigrant workers.

George Broder: He loved sports, and baseball was his favorite. Sports, like politics, has such great clarity. There are winners and losers. Baseball is the most wonderful for statistics. That mind of his was drawn to that in the same way it was drawn to precinct analyses and polling trends.

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Haynes Johnson: I met Dave’s parents. His father was a dentist. His mother was quite strong. They were just a lovely couple, and Dave was so proud of his family and where they came from. Once we were driving in New York close to the lower end of Manhattan, and there was the Statue of Liberty. Dave rarely talked about things that were personal. But he got talking about how his family had come through Ellis Island—not his mother or father, maybe their parents. There was a whole series of Broders that came there, and they moved out to the Midwest. I was so touched by this sort of revelation and window into Dave Broder—what drove him, what formed him, this pride in America, this pride in the system, you could make it here.

George Broder: When my parents had dinner parties, they would have us sit in the living room on the floor and listen to the grownups’ discussion during the cocktail hour. It would be someone like Senator Pat Moynihan, maybe another journalist, maybe an ambassador.

Josh Broder, second-eldest son, leadership coach and trainer: When I was about nine, my father took his four sons to the Capitol for a little civics lesson on the legislative process. We’re sitting in the Senate gallery. It’s somewhat crowded with tourists. He gives us a detailed orientation on the process of the Senate. And he concluded saying, “Even if a bill manages to pass the Senate, it’s not yet a law. The next step occurs in the House of Representatives, and we’ll go there next.” My father stood up, and his four sons stood up, and about 15 tourists stood up.

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