Obama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure'

Former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush were among the leaders from both parties offering tributes to pioneering journalist Cokie Roberts on Tuesday following her death at 75.

“She was a trailblazing figure; a role model to young women at a time when the profession was still dominated by men; a constant over forty years of a shifting media landscape and changing world, informing voters about the issues of our time and mentoring young journalists every step of the way,” Obama said in a statement.

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"She will be missed — and we send our condolences to her family,” he added.

Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush in a joint statement said Roberts “covered us for decades as a talented, tough, and fair reporter.”

“We respected her drive and appreciated her humor. She became a friend,” they added.

“Cokie Roberts was a trailblazer who transformed the role of women in the newsroom & our history books as she told the stories of the unsung women who built our nation,” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Trump lashes out at Pelosi as she visits Jordan to discuss Syria Thomas D'Alesandro III, brother of Nancy Pelosi, dies at 90 MORE (D-Calif.) said in a statement Tuesday.

And White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump embarks on Twitter spree amid impeachment inquiry, Syria outrage The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Trump offers condolences on frequent foe Cummings: 'Very hard, if not impossible, to replace' MORE tweeted that Roberts was “kind” and “disagreed agreeably.”

“The work of political journalists is critical to our democracy,” tweeted former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, a 2020 presidential candidate. “Cokie Roberts was a paragon of that work and a pioneer in her industry. Her voice will be missed.”

"We've lost a true pioneer" in Roberts, fellow 2020 candidate Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDeVos calls Democratic presidential hopeful's education plans 'crazy' Senate Democrats want Warren to talk costs on 'Medicare for All' Biden struggles to reverse fall MORE (D-Minn.) tweeted. 

“She was a staple of Sunday morning TV news for so long and a great example of loving our democracy and politics but also being an able critic of both,” tweeted former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), an ABC News contributor.