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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (D-Calif.) said in a statement Tuesday.

And White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGrocery store behind viral reusable bag at impeachment hearing offers 'free briefcase' promotion Watchdog report finds FBI not motivated by political bias in Trump probe GOP counsel raises eyebrows with shopping bag at impeachment hearing 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 KlobucharThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Horowitz offers troubling picture of FBI's Trump campaign probe 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.