Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Snow Brainer...

Okay, that was a really bad pun... Sorry.

"Tony already knows most of you, but he has agreed to accept the job anyway." - President George W. Bush, introducing his new Press Secretary Tony Snow to the White House Press Corpse. (Typo intentional. - TBC)

From, via the Drudge Report.

Bush Taps Snow As New Press Secretary
Apr 26, 10:12 AM (ET)By TERENCE HUNT

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush on Wednesday named conservative commentator Tony Snow as White House press secretary, putting a new face on a troubled administration.
Snow, a Fox news pundit and former speechwriter in the White House under Bush's father, replaced Scott McClellan who resigned in a personnel shuffle intended to re-energize the White House and lift the president's record-low approval ratings.

"My job is to make decisions and his job is to help explain those decisions to the press corps and the American people," Bush said, with Snow and McClellan at his side in the White House briefing room.

Tony announced on his show last week that the White House had aproached him about the job. The word on the street is that Snow delayed accepting the job in order to negotiate a little real power for himself. He reportedly accepted the job with the stipulation that he gets to sit in on policy discussions in the White House, be allowed to voice his opinion directly to the President, and have a say in how information will be presented to the Press.

I believe that this is appropriate. Scott McClellan was repeatedly left flapping in the wind over the last three years, and I do not blame his successor for attempting to protect himself. I also am aware that Snow took a significant pay cut in taking this position. There should be some payoff for that as well.

Tony Snow is no lock-step Republican Yes Man. He has repeatedly disagreed publicly with the President and his policies, (usually on the same issues that I disagreed with him on...) but he has defended the President on the issues on which he has been unfairly attacked.

I believe that Tony Snow is a very intelligent, very Conservative, straight talking, clear thinking man, who truly wants what is best for this Country. He has a great reputation as a fair and thorough Journalist, and an honest, no nonsense political commentator. He has been in contact with politically aware American Citizens from both sides of the political divide through his Radio Call-in Show for years now.

He knows and understands the attitudes and opinions of the American people.

He also has a low tollerance for B.S., and is not afraid to set the record straight, should he become aware that it is being distorted.

I believe that he will be a valuable addition to the Bush Team.

I also believe that the White House Press Corps is going to have their hands full.

This is a very good day.

I only hope that Tony Snow will use this new position to continue to speak Truth to Power, whether it is to the President, or more importantly, to the unofficial Fourth Branch of Government, the News Media.

It's about time that someone started to hold them to a standard of Truth so that they might begin to regain their credibility.

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