Rosenbaum Honored, Remembered

The weekend was full of memorials to murdered NYT reporter David Rosenbaum, beginning Friday with the packed service at the Dirksen auditorium, where 700 friends, family, and colleagues joined together.

“The size and scope of the audience at the memorial service was compelling testimony to Mr. Rosenbaum’s stature in Washington. Among the senators in attendance were at least five from the Judiciary Committee – Republicans Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, and Democrats Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, and Charles E. Schumer of New York – which interrupted the final day of hearings on Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr.’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” the New York Times said.

Over the weekend, too, Maureen Dowd recalled her close colleague and friend: “The day we mourned a man whose life was devoted to clarity, this city was hidden in fog. You couldn’t see the Potomac, even on its bank.” Noting that his tortoise-shell reading glasses are still hanging on his computer at the office, Dowd noted “his unglamorous, unsanctimonious, unvain sort of goodness. He had a black-and-white sense of honor that was oddly old-fashioned in a capital slimed by lies, bribery, greed, corruption and ends-justify-the-means malarkey.”