Meet the Press | August 04, 2013
>>> yesterday we got word that we lost a dear colleague and friend here at nbc news. john palmer was with nbc news for the better part of 40 years from the white house to war zone , anchor desk on "today" of course. andrea, he was a mentor to you.
>> he was a mentor. he taught generations of colleagues generously. and he had it all. there was an aura about john. he was a prince of a man. and he brightened any room he walked into. but here at nbc , he was a war correspondent, a diplomatic correspondent, white house correspondent, five presidents, and a great writer. i think probably all told as an anchor and writer and correspondent, the greatest correspondent we've ever had.
>> a great dad, a great husband, and someone who in the later stages of his career when i would travel with him covering the white house beat or at the white house , was so wise, would always will be so quick to teach you, but was also a lot of fun. he had a lot of experience in having a good time on this job.
>> judgment, character, and great amount of fun. and john palmer was one of a kind.
>> yeah. he was a real friend to so many of us. we're going to miss him. thanks for your reflections. we're going to leetch it there this morning. that is all for today. we'll be back next week. if it's sunday, it's "meet the press."