Well, folks: This is it. The final segment of my final show as host of Fox News Sunday.
It's tempting at such a time to pack vast wisdom into a short homily, but that has been accomplished successfully only by God on Mt. Sinai and Lincoln at Gettysburg, and I'm neither. So I'll stick with a few simple observations.
First, politics is a great and wonderful avocation, especially in its American incarnation, but it's also a very small slice of life. In Washington, a town where the urgent regularly overwhelms the important, we tend to forget this -- but most of you at home don't.
In the same vein, if you can't laugh at politics, you have either a heart or head of stone. This is the profession where high-minded ideals regularly encounter the exploding cigar of human nature: What a delightful and achingly human business -- filled at once with great ideals and belly-crawling acts of avarice, deceit and betrayal!
And finally, nothing matters than loving those around you. When I worked for the first President Bush, he often said the most important thing for him was not taxes, or foreign policy, or re-election. It was family. He had it right -- and we'll all do better if we take care never to let our passions overwhelm either our compassion or our common sense.
And now some final pieces of housekeeping: Chris Wallace (search) will assume the helm at this show next week. He's a great guy and I'm confident he'll take Fox News Sunday where it belongs -- No. 1 in the ratings.
Meanwhile, I'm headed to Fox News Radio, where I'll host a three-hour daily program starting, oh, about a month from now. I've got a huge favor to ask of all of you. Call your local talk radio station or stations, and ask the people who run the place to take my show. Tell them you want to hear me on the air. I guarantee, you won't be disappointed. If you want to keep track of the program's progress, we soon will start posting information about the show on the Foxnews.com Web site.
And finally, thanks to all my friends here at FNS, the staff, the crew, the guests and the panel. You have given me immeasurable joy over the last seven and a half years, and I thank one and all from the bottom of my heart.
And that's a wrap.