In a presser on the “Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference“:

Q Any thoughts on Buckley?

THE PRESIDENT: I just had the — I just hung up with Christopher Buckley, the son of William F. Buckley. I expressed Laura and my sadness over the passage of this very important figure in American political thought. He was a great author, a great wit and a leader. And Chris said that his dad died at his desk. And I asked whether it had been a — I know it’s a painful experience for Chris’s heart, but he said that his dad died a peaceful death, and we got to thank God for that and thank God for his life.

Q You once said Buckley moved conservatism into the Oval office — that he moved conservatism from the margins of American society into the Oval Office.

THE PRESIDENT: No question, he was a — one of the great political thinkers. He influenced a lot of people, including me. And he was — I can remember those debates they had on TV, and he was so articulate and he captured the imagination of a lot of folks because he was — he had a great way of defining the issues. It was erudite and yet a lot of folks from different walks of life could understand it. And he’s a big figure in our history, and he’ll be missed. And we ask for God’s blessings on his soul. Thank you.

That’s nice.

Update:

Well, The Corner this afternoon will leave you in floods of tears.

Update II:

A couple more links, with their own links to other links:

Spectator – Coffee House – RIP William F. Buckley Jr, by James Forsyth

That one’s got a video, actually. But it’s an hour long so I haven’t watched it yet.

Times Online – Comment Central – Death of a conservative pioneer, by Daniel Finkelstein

With some links.