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Ex-press secretary Snow dies of cancer

July 13, 2008


— Tony Snow, a conservative writer and commentator who cheerfully sparred with reporters in the White House briefing room during a stint as President Bush's press secretary, died Saturday of colon cancer. He was 53.

"America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character," President Bush said in a statement from Camp David, where he was spending the weekend. "It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day. He brought wit, grace and a great love of country to his work."

Snow died at 2 a.m. at Georgetown University Hospital, according to former employer Fox News.

Snow, who served as the first host of the television news program "Fox News Sunday" from 1996 to 2003, would later say that in the Bush administration he was enjoying "the most exciting, intellectually aerobic job I'm ever going to have."

Snow was working for Fox News Channel and Fox News Radio when he replaced Scott McClellan as press secretary in May 2006 during a White House shake-up. Unlike McClellan, who came to define caution and bland delivery from the White House podium, Snow was never shy about playing to the cameras.

With a quick-from-the-lip repartee, broadcaster's good looks and a relentlessly bright outlook - if not always a command of the facts - he became a popular figure around the country to the delight of his White House bosses.

He served just 17 months as press secretary, a tenure interrupted by his second bout with cancer. In 2005 doctors had removed his colon and he began six months of chemotherapy. In March 2007 a cancerous growth was removed from his abdominal area, and he spent five weeks recuperating before returning to the White House.

"All of us here at the White House will miss Tony, as will the millions of Americans he inspired with his brave struggle against cancer," Bush said.

Snow resigned as Bush's chief spokesman last September, citing not his health but a need to earn more than the $168,000 a year he was paid in the government post. In April, he joined CNN as a commentator.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 10 months ago

The job of a press secretary is to give out the message that the administration wants us to hear. Often that entails lying to us, regardless of which administration, Republican or Democrat. Snow showed himself to be an able press secretary.

Boeing 9 years, 10 months ago

I truly enjoyed watching this guy do his job - he was great at it, and Dana just is not as fun to watch, not even close. He seemed to be living his dream both at work and at home...I hope I am that lucky in life. Best wishes to his wife and kids.

jmadison 9 years, 10 months ago

The AP once again inserts opinion into a news article. The quote "With a quick-from-the-lip repartee, broadcaster's good looks and a relentlessly bright outlook - if not always a command of the facts-" has no substantiation in this article. AP = journalism at its worst.

Boston_Corbett 9 years, 10 months ago

The AP text was just fine, jmadison. I didn't agree with some of his political bents, but I believe he performed a difficult job in a stand-up, professional, and patriotic manner.

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