Helen Thomas, 1920-2013

Helen Thomas died this morning.

She was no friend of a lot of sitting presidents; she asked tough questions. President Bush refused to call on her for that reason. She once went three years without being able to ask a question.

Unlike a lot of White House reporters, she wasn’t content to be a stenographer.

But for all of her journalistic endeavors, Thomas will also be remembered for this, thanks to an ambush interview of an 89-year-old woman in 2010.

Her public relations firm that handled her speaking engagements couldn’t drop her as a client fast enough.

  • Bonnie

    Thankfully I was in the audience when she spoke in Minneapolis – I think it was 2008 or fairly close to that. She was fabulous. I miss her.

  • MN123

    I also was in that audience when she spoke here. I brought my mother with me. We both loved her presentation. She was sharp. She was full of “piss and vinegar” as my grandmother would have said. She may have had a dark side, but she was still impressive.

  • Al

    Can someone in the press corps start asking tough questions of the current administration in her honor?