i was shocked to learn that tony had died. in the midst of being saddened, i was also honestly feeling guilty….selfish, i know. i was feeling guilty because i thought he was getting better and so i hadn’t sent him a note in several weeks. i hadn’t reached out enough and now i feel like a terrible friend. he had just gotten a new gig with cnn and so i thought he was doing better – and that i would seem him for lunch in new york sometime soon.
i spoke to him several weeks ago and he seemed to be doing well. i guess i didn’t push him for answers beyond the surface ones “i’m doing well,” he said. he immediately started asking me about my job search and asked if there was anything he could help with….i should have pushed harder and inquired more about him.
even in death, tony has taught me how to be a better person – i will push harder now. we should all push harder….everyone says surface answers….but we should push harder when we care.
From: Grenell, Richard
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 10:15 AM
To: ‘WILLIAM VARNER, BLOOMBERG/ NEWSROOM:’
Subject: RE: Ambassador
by the way, thanks for writing a story bashing the us courts in alabama and texas and not calling the u.s. for comment. how could it be fair to report on a guy who bashes the u.s. and not have any reaction or comment from the u.s.? this keeps happening and it is really outrageous. the next time we get slammed like this in a bloomberg story we are taking it up with an editor. we are here 24 hours a day and are very accessible. reuters and ap always call us for a reaction when we are the subject -the people of alabama deserve to be defended against this criticism. bloomberg is playing favorites when you give this guy all the space to criticize us and don’t afford us the same chance.