RIP, Tony Snow

from CNN…

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former White House press secretary Tony Snow — who once told reporters “I’m a very lucky guy” — died at the age of 53 early Saturday after a second battle with cancer.

Tony Snow responds to reporters at an October 2006 White House news conference.

Tony Snow responds to reporters at an October 2006 White House news conference.

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Snow, who had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for a recurrence of the disease, left his White House job September 14, 2007, and joined CNN in April as a conservative commentator.

President Bush said Saturday that he and first lady Laura Bush were “deeply saddened” by Snow’s death.

“The Snow family has lost a beloved husband and father. And America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character,” the president said in a statement.

Tony was fun to watch. His high-pitched voice took some getting used to, but he carried himself so well on camera that you didn’t notice his voice after a while.

Whether speaking for the White House, or as the original host of Fox News Sunday, Tony was always well-prepared, asking intelligent questions, and unafraid to confront the agenda-style journalists of the pack media mentality.

Tony was a breath of fresh air, and he will be missed.


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6 Responses

  1. I knew this day was coming, and am deeply saddened that it has. After his last treatment was over, and he resumed his Press Secretary duties, I looked at his gaunt face, and sunken eyes, and knew the end was near.
    Rest In Peace, Tony. You were always a gentleman in a blood sport arena. My deepest sympathies to your family and many friends, that you loved so dearly.

    Nuke, I always enjoyed his voice on the radio. Some have too deep a voice, and I have to adjust the bass to almost off to understand them.

  2. Yeah, I know what you mean about his voice.

    I didn’t write what I meant. I was trying to say that, to me, his voice didn’t match his appearance.

    I first heard Tony on the radio, and when my cable TV company finally started offering FNC, I saw what Tony looked like. It was a real pleasant surprise.

  3. I see what you mean.
    I, on the other hand, was already familiar with him from FNC before he got a radio spot. He was like a dear friend that I always got to visit with at 5p.m. each day. Always prepared, never let anything get him down, perpetually smiling, and never acerbic.
    A role model for political commentators.

  4. He was always so level headed and prepared for any question/comment anyone could throw at him. Needless to say he will be missed.

  5. I was shocked and saddened by this news today. No matter what side of the aisle you are on politically, I think you could say the man was fair and always a gentlemen. I send my prayers to his family, friends and colleagues.

  6. Yep, what writerchick said. A gentleman through and through.

    What a contrast to that whiny dweeb he replaced.

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