Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The President Selects Tony Snow As White House Press Secretary

President Bush has picked Fox News star Tony Snow as his new White House press secretary and is expected to announce the choice as early as Wednesday, a Republican official said. Snow will replace Scott McClellan, who announced his resignation last week as part of a staff shake-up engineered by new White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten aimed at reviving Bush's presidency. Snow was said to have wrestled with the decision for several days on whether to take the grueling job. A former speechwriter for former President George Bush, he was treated for colon cancerous last year.
Tony Snow
Snow, 50, has been host of Fox News Radio's "The Tony Snow Show" and for a time was anchor of the "Fox News Sunday" program. A Washington news source said Snow decided to accept after top officials assured him he would not be just a spokesman but an active participant in administration policy debates. A reporter quoted sources as saying Snow views himself as well-positioned to ease the tensions between the Bush White House and the press corps because he understands both politics and journalism.