Skip to comments.Can The New Sheriff Tame The West Wing? **Time: Tony Snow offered Press Sec job**
Posted on 04/23/2006 10:45:50 PM PDT by xjcsa
At the George W. Bush campaign headquarters in Austin, Texas, in 1999, policy director Josh Bolten was a low-key Washingtonian in a building full of brash Texans. He assembled a best-and-brightest team with résumés bristling with brand names like his own--Princeton, Stanford, Goldman Sachs. "He used to brag that he had all these Supreme Court clerks from Harvard working for him," recalled a campaign veteran. Bolten was happy to let others preen in meetings while he waited to make a killer point at the end. He has thrived by showing, very quietly, that he is indispensable. Now as President Bush's second chief of staff, he is suddenly in the spotlight. Last week he appeared before large groups of worried aides in a White House theater, where Bush occasionally holds press conferences, to convince them that a few discomfiting changes, along with a lot of harder, smarter work, could turn around a second term that has disappointed so many of them.
5 COURT THE PRESS. Bolten is extremely guarded around reporters, but he knows them and, unlike some of his colleagues, is not scared of them. Administration officials said he believes the White House can work more astutely with journalists to make its case to the public, and he recognizes that the President has paid a price for the inclination of some on his staff to treat them dismissively or high-handedly. His first move, working with counselor Dan Bartlett, was to offer the press secretary job to Tony Snow of Fox News radio and television, a former newspaper editorial writer and onetime host of Fox News Sunday who served George H.W. Bush as speechwriting director. Snow, a father of three and a sax player, is the bona fide outsider that Republican allies have long prescribed for Bushworld and would bring irreverence to a place that hasn't seen a lot of fun lately. "White Houses are weird places," he told a 2004 panel on White House speechwriting. Snow had his colon removed after he was found to have cancer last year, but his doctors have approved the possibility of his taking the grueling post.
Well, I know one freeper who knows if this is true or not.... If it is, congrats Tony!
I know it would be tough but he would do an outstanding job and it would only be for a couple years.
Don't know if this is true, but have a feeling we'll find out in the morning.....
Congratulations Tony. I've been praying for you and will continue....
How cool is this??? A FReeper in the White House...
In case anyone's reading the full story at time.com and looking for the part about Tony, it's on the last page (page four).
ping to watch for update
If you'll just whisper the name to us we won't tell, honest we won't.
It aint gonna happen! Snow would be a fool financially to take the job!
Tony, we are really behind you on this. If you take it, will you have Helen Thomas removed, please?
Snow had his colon removed after he was found to have cancer last year, but his doctors have approved the possibility of his taking the grueling post.
I hope he takes it.
Maybe money isn't everything...
If we assume he wants the job, he would still need to not seem too eager. This accomplished, I'll bet it is announced tomorrow morning.
Tony Snow actually researches the facts and presents them in a non-hyperpolitical light, despite the criticism he gets from the far right.
But if Tony accepts the job, I hope he confronts the "loons" (from both sides), as he does on his show everyday.
My advice to Tony is..... PASS, let Dan Sienor take the job, you serve this nation much better from behind the microphone owned by Fox News :-)
Don't believe he is a globalist neo-con either. Just a conservative.
It's a wonderful opportunity Tony - and I am still praying for you here. I pray that you will follow the path that God leads you to walk.
Whatever your choice, God goes with you! Be bold - and mighty forces will come to your aid...
Its a 2.5 year stint at most, not to mention the chance of a lifetime.
Snow will take the job. He's a patriot and he knows he can only improve White House communications, which have been abyssmally poor for 6 years.
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