Snow Beams About White House Job in Local Speech

Everyday, Tony Snow sits in the hot seat as White House Press Secretary. Friday evening, he took a break from his presidential duties to speak about Washington's workings at the Bush Library.

Before the current President Bush brought him in as White House press secretary, but after he served the first President Bush, Tony Snow had a nice gig going for him at Fox News.

"They were living a nice, peaceful, quiet life when the president called him and asked him to take on what I think we would all agree is one of the toughest jobs in the US," said Former President Bush in his introduction of Snow.

Friday night, Snow spoke to Aggieland about his role as median between the people and the president. He explained that all presidents have faced criticisms, citing examples from Abraham Lincoln to the first president, who Snow called the first "George W."

But Snow also said this administration has made efforts to bridge gaps by creating conversations with the press and the president.

"We have tried to help with the coverage of the presidency by bringing in reporters in fairly large numbers on a regular basis to just talk with him and see how he thinks," Snow said.

And ask Snow what he thinks of working in the White House, and you'll get humble set of responses.

"I get the hair standing on the back of my neck now when I walk in there everyday," Snow said of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. "It never changes. It's a special place.

"You are living in the reflective glory of the president," he added. "Trust me, if I wasn't working in the White House, this room would be empty."

Despite laying out the challenges faced in his role, Snow clearly showed a kid-in-a-candy-story attitude when it came to his job, providing him opportunities he would have never thought he'd hear.

"Dan Bartlett (a counselor to the president) called back and said, 'I forgot to tell you something,'" Snow recalled. "' We're going to Baghdad tonight. You cool with that?' And I said, 'Yeah.'"

And Snow praised both his bosses for their family first ideals and their down to earth attitudes.

On the current president, he said, "Trust me, he never loses sight of the honor of being president, but at the same time, there's an exhilaration of having these responsibilities at this time."

Before and after the event, a few dozen protesters made their voices heard. Students and community members made their displeasure with the Bush administration clear. They also said Snow has manipulated information concerning the war.

In statements released days prior to Snow's speech, a spokesman for the group said Snow "provides misinformation and 'spin' that have contributed significantly to the Bush administration's pursuit of the misguided, illegal and immoral war in Iraq."

Snow may be the highest profile person ever to assume the role of White House Press Secretary. Since the late 1970s, he has been involved in journalism, beginning with a print career that included stints at the Washington Times and the Detroit News.

But Snow is probably best remembered as the long-time host on the Fox News Channel and Fox News Radio. For seven years, he anchored "Fox News Sunday," the network's equivalent to "Face the Nation."

Snow has also held a less-than-high-profile role with the former President Bush. In 1991, he served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President for Communications and Director of Speechwriting. He later took on the role of Deputy Assistant to the President for Media Affairs.


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