Saturday, July 12, 2008

SNOW: Tony was one of the really good guys! 1955 - 2008

One of the few people associated with George Bush who had class. And tons of it.

I’m at the polar oppposite of Tony Snow politically, but if I had to discuss issues with someone, I’d rather do so with an intelligent guy like him than some obnoxious loudmouth like Michael Moore, even though I’d agree with the latter on most topics.

The world has lost one of the finest human beings who ever set foot on the planet.
[Comment by Kevin via WSJ - Washington Wire]

"It's a tremendous loss for us who knew him, but it's also a loss for the country," Roger Ailes, chairman of FOX News, said Saturday morning about Snow, calling him a "renaissance man."
[President] Bush in a statement said he and his wife Laura "are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend," and called Snow "one of our nation's finest writers and commentators" who "earned a loyal following with incisive radio and television broadcasts." [Yahoo! News]
"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." [Yahoo!News]
Snow's successor, White House press secretary Dana Perino, said, "The White House is so deeply saddened by this loss. He was a great friend and colleague and a fantastic press secretary. And his dear family is in our thoughts and prayers."

In 2007, Chief of Staff Josh Bolten had told senior White House staffers that unless they could commit to staying until Bush leaves office in January 2009, they should leave by Labor Day 2007, so Snow resigned.

In parting comments to reporters at his final White House news conference, Snow said, "I feel great."

He also called the job "the most fun I've ever had."
The world lost one of its gentle people today! But what we lost heaven gained ... Snow was a Christ believing, devout Catholic, of the born-again kind. A friend to every one who knew him.

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