Former Bush White House Press Secretary, Tony Snow, died today. He was 53. Tony Snow spent 17 months as the Bush White House Press Secretary, before a recurrence colon cancer ”interrupted his tenure.” The N.Y. Times reports, Snow was “was quite public about his battle, saying he wanted to offer hope to other cancer patients.”
His message to them, he once said, was: “Don’t think about dying. Think about living.”
Dana Perino, Snow’s successor as press secretary, said “Mr. Snow’s family informed her of the death early Saturday morning. Mr. Bush received the news from his chief of staff, Joshua B. Bolten.”
“It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day,” Mr. Bush said in a statement. “He brought wit, grace and a great love of country to his work. His colleagues will cherish memories of his energetic personality and relentless good humor.”
Snow joined the Bush White House in April 2006, helping to ”reinvigorate a press operation that many Republicans believed had been lacking.”
He loved serving at the White House, once calling it “the most exciting, intellectually aerobic job I’m ever going to have.”
Snow was a commentator for Fox News before joining the Bush White House as Press Secretary. When he joined the White House, Snow said “he believed that he had beaten his cancer.”
The cancer recurred in March 2007, less than a year after Mr. Snow took the White House job. He underwent surgery again, took five weeks off, and returned. But he announced in September 2007 that he was resigning his $168,000 a year job — not because of the cancer, he said, but because he wanted to make more money to support his family.
He is survived by his wife, Jill, and their three children, Kendall, Robbie and Kristi, who live in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington.
Rest in peace Tony… It was clear to everyone in the media and the political blogosphere, that he loved his job as White House Press Secetary. Thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones.