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White House press secretary Tony Snow resigning

White House press secretary Tony Snow resigning

Tony Snow, the highly visible White House press secretary, will leave his job on Sept. 14 and be replaced by his deputy, Dana Perino, an administration official said Friday.
President George W. Bush was to announce the changes during an appearance in the White House briefing room.
Snow, ailing with cancer, had said recently he would leave before the end of Bush's presidency in January 2009 because he needs to make more than his White House salary of $168,000 (euro122,600). He could make far more money on the speech-making circuit.
The 52-year-old Snow was a conservative pundit and syndicated talk-show host on Fox News Radio before he was named press secretary on April 26, 2006. He is the latest in a string of White House officials to head for the exits.
Friday was the last day of work for political strategist Karl Rove. Others who have left since Democrats won control of Congress last November are include counselor Dan Bartlett and chief White House attorney Harriet Miers, an unsuccesful Supreme Court nominee.
Snow had his colon removed in 2005 and underwent six months of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with colon cancer. This March, he underwent surgery to remove a growth in his abdominal area, near the site of the original cancer, that doctors determined was a recurrence of his cancer. He was out of work for five weeks, then returned and underwent chemotherapy, treatments that only recently concluded and have left him thinner, grayer and with much less hair.
Snow earned his stripes within the White House for his striking popularity around the United States, relentlessly good-natured and bright tone and smooth, snappy repartee with the media during briefings. Reporters, though, grumbled that an emphasis on showmanship too often took precedence over rhetorical precision and careful preparation.
Some senior White House aides referred to his briefings as "The Tony Snow Show."
Snow was Bush's third chief spokesman in just over six years marked by increasingly tense relations between the White House and the reporters who cover it.
Snow had little experience as a press secretary before joining the White House team, working in the White House under Bush's father as a speechwriting director and spokesman for regional issues. As a pundit, he had been sharply critical of Bush at times.
He held several print journalism positions, mostly working for newspaper opinion pages, and was most recently the host of the "Tony Snow Show" on Fox News Radio and "Weekend Live with Tony Snow" on the Fox News Channel.
Perino, 35, has been Snow's principal deputy, filling in for him when he was away after surgery and at other times.
Before joining the press office, she worked as associate director of communications at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.


Updated : 2021-06-19 09:10 GMT+08:00