Morning Joe on Tuesday featured an extended tribute to host Mika Brzezinski’s father, former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, who died on Friday.
Zbigniew Brzezinski died in a hospital in Virginia, at the age of 89. He was special counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson and served as President Jimmy Carter’s NSA during the Iranian hostage crisis.
Though the Warsaw-born foreign policy expert was a long-time Democrat, he endorsed President George H.W. Bush in 1988 and served in his administration. Zbigniew would later emerge as a vocal opponent to the Iraq War, endorse President Barack Obama in 2008.
Mika commemorated her father during Tuesday’s episode of Morning Joe, along with her new fiancé and co-host Joe Scarborough.
“He lived a remarkable life, and it’s nearly impossible to boil down all that he did, the impact he had, and all that he meant to so many people, but here is our best attempt,” Mika started, before running a reel of former presidents speaking of the adviser.
Mika went on to talk about her father’s life, and his journey from a refugee in Poland during the rise of Hitler to senior posts in the U.S. government.
A series of guests joined the program to remember Zbigniew, including NBC’s Andrea Mitchell who frequently appeared as a guest on Morning Joe with him:
Mitchell recalled being “a little bit afraid of [Zbigniew] for years, he was such a daunting intellect.”
“The fact is, that he defined originality and principle in foreign policy,” Mitchell added.
Scarborough recalled the first time he met Mika’s father — who apparently called the TV anchor “stunningly superficial” — as well as one of his last interactions with Zbigniew.
Extensive tributes for influential figures such as Zbigniew are often pre-produced in advance, so that they can be featured on news programs in the case of a death.
Watch two segments of the tribute above, via MSNBC.
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