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.
In the early 1990s, Tony Snow was a commentator for NPR's 'Morning Edition.' Listen to some of his commentaries from 1993 and '94:
On the 'Kafkaesque' Tax Code
On the American Health Care System
On NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement)
- 2003-2006: Host of Tony Snow Show on Fox News Radio
- 1996-2003: Host of Fox News Sunday
- 1993-2002: Syndicated newspaper columnist, appearing in more than 200 papers
- 1991-1992: Served in the White House of President George H.W. Bush as Director of Speechwriting and Deputy Assistant to the President for Media Affairs
- Newspaper Jobs: Snow has held editorial positions at The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot; The Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia), the Detroit News and The Washington Times
- Education: B.A. in philosophy from Davidson College
- Personal: Married, with three children
Snow's appointment is notable in a White House that has a reputation for not suffering criticism. He has had some harsh things to say about Bush.
Snow called the president "something of an embarrassment," a leader who has "lost control of the federal budget," the architect of a "listless domestic policy" and a man who has "a habit of singing from the political correctness hymnal."
Bush shrugged off the criticism. "He's not afraid to express his own opinions," he said of his new spokesman. "For those of you who've read his columns and listened to his radio show, he sometimes has disagreed with me. I asked him about those comments, and he said, 'You should have heard what I said about the other guy.'"
Snow thanked Bush for the job and told reporters, "Believe it or not, I want to work with you."
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