Bush Introduces Press Secretary Snow

George Bush introduces Tony Snow to the press today,

Best line of the day:

President Bush – “Tony already knows most of you, and he’s agreed to take the job anyway!”


The press didn’t quite get the joke!

Newly named White House press secretary Tony Snow (R) speaks after being introduced by U.S. President George W. Bush in the briefing room in Washington April 26, 2006. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

President Bush introduces Tony Snow as the new White House Press Secretary

From the White House:

Tony already knows most of you, and he’s agreed to take the job anyway. (Laughter.) And I’m really glad he did. I’m confident Tony Snow will make an outstanding addition to this White House staff. I am confident he will help you do your job. My job is to make decisions, and his job is to help explain those decisions to the press corps and the American people.

He understands like I understand that the press is vital to our democracy. As a professional journalist, Tony Snow understands the importance of the relationship between government and those whose job it is to cover the government. He’s going to work hard to provide you with timely information about my philosophy, my priorities, and the actions we’re taking to implement our agenda.

He brings a long record of accomplishment to this position. He has spent a quarter of a century in the news business. He’s worked in all three major media — print, radio and television. He started his career in 1979 as an editorial writer for The Greensboro Record in North Carolina. He’s going to — went on to write editorials for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk. He ran the editorial pages in both The Daily Press of Newport News and The Washington Times. He’s written nationally syndicated columns for both The Detroit News and USA Today.

During his career in print journalism, he’s been cited for his work by the Society for Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, and Gannett. For seven years, he served as the host of “FOX News Sunday.” Most recently, he reached Americans all across our country as the host of “The Tony Snow Show” on FOX News Radio, and “Weekend Live with Tony Snow” on the FOX News Channel.

He’s not afraid to express his own opinions. For those of you who have 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.”

I like his perspective, I like the perspective he brings to this job, and I think you’re going to like it, too.

John Stephenson has more.

Tony may have his hands full.

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