(USNewsMag.com) – There was a time when political rivals could be friends without animosity. Bob Beckel demonstrated that for decades. Sadly, he won’t be able to teach any members of the new generation how to navigate those friendships.
On February 20, Beckel passed away at the age of 73. The political strategist, who became the youngest person to serve as deputy assistant secretary of state, helped make sure the Panama Canal Treaty got through Congress. He served on presidential campaigns, ran a consulting firm, wrote some books, co-wrote a syndicated column and appeared on cable news frequently.
In 2000, Fox News hired Beckel to provide political analysis for its viewers. The Democrat joined the popular program “The Five” as a host in 2011 until 2015. He left after having back surgery but came back in 2017 for a few months. When news broke of his death, his colleagues took to social media and the airwaves to mourn him. Megyn Kelly called him one of the funniest and kindest guys she knew.
Never knew a funnier, kinder or more self-deprecating guy. On set or off, you could count on Bob for great stories, sharp political insights & (always) humor. He was quick to help others & asked for nothing in return. Rest In Peace, old friend. https://t.co/Pcq95AR2yx
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) February 22, 2022
Fox News host Sean Hannity aired a very moving tribute to Bob on his show. He told his viewers he and Beckel were so close the late Democrat had a key to his house and was often over there, smoking cigars and enjoying his life.
Beckel is survived by his two children. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
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