Tony Snow is Leaving

by Ryan on August 17, 2007

in Politics

White House spokesman and former Fox News Radio guru Tony Snow is leaving his job.  Not because of his recurring colon cancer, but because of the money.  He earned plenty more cash in the private sector and as a 52 year old father of three with cancer he’d rather make more money while he can.  I can’t blame him.  He said he loved being White House spokesman, but it’s only a measely $168,000 a year.  That’s a lot to you and I, but with someone of his reputation and talents, it’s a no brainer.  Prestige only goes so far in today’s market with Snow’s specific circumstances.  Plus, if he wants to spread the conservative message, he won’t be bound by the Administration and more people will listen to his talk show daily than would ever see him on TV.  It’s good all around.

I liked Ari Fleischer the best of the Bush spokesmen.  I thought Scott McClellan was the worst person to be in front of the cameras at the worst possible time– not forceful or very articulate at a time when the press was in open revolt on Iraq and Bush’s impending reelection.  We could have used Tony Snow then to spread the good word.  If the President’s not going to talk to us directly, then someone like Tony Snow should take the mantle, and did for the last 18 months or so.  He will be missed and we hope his health improves greatly in his absense.  Good luck, Tony!

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rightonoz August 19, 2007 at 6:42 pm

Not that I agree with much about the Bush admin, but I sincerely hope for the best for Snow.

My mother fought cancer for 15 years after being given less than five and my ex father-in-law also died of colon cancer. It was extremely upsetting to see their daily struggles and the manner of their deaths.

I cannot believe the pathetic level of pay for such a crucial role. – Articulating the message of the ‘leader of the free world’ (if you subscribe to that crap) I pay senior staff more than that.

All the very best to him in his struggle.

On a lighter note, here’s a few quotes from Jeremy Clarkson, a rather right wing, opinionated, but intelligent and often excruciatingly funny presenter of a BBC motoring program called Top Gear. I get my weekly dose of laughs from this show. OK, I confess, I’m a petrol head.. but at least an educated one… I actually got to blast around the countryside on a couple of good motorbikes yesterday – and my wife got to try out her new one – our first ride in months. Business and other contract obligations keep getting in the way.

“Tonight, the new Viper, which is the American equivalent of a sports car…
in the same way, I guess, that George Bush is the equivalent of a President.”

“Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary… That’s what gets you.”

“I’m sorry, but having a DB9 (Aston Martin) on the drive and not driving it is a bit like having Keira Knightley in your bed and sleeping on the couch. If you’ve got even half a scrotum it’s not going to happen.”

On the Lotus Elise: “This car is more fun than the entire French air force crashing into a firework factory”

“I would still buy the DB9 over this, and save myself the Stg60,000. The problem with this car is its gearbox, its just shit”
Hammond: (co presenter)”THAT bad is it?”
Clarkson:”Oh no. Robert Mugabe is bad, this is in a whole different league!”

(In the UK and Oz, we’re allowed to say shit on tv (even f..k after 8.30pm – lets face it, the American ‘freaking’ is just a way of saying f..king without actually saying it- , breasts after 8.30, bare arses almost any time, and full nude after 9.30pm, but no xxx, even on cable, in fact xxx is illegal except in ACT (Canberra) and the Northern Territory) I was stunned 4 weeks ago while in several countries in Europe, to see xxx on sale on street stalls, and even bestiality in 2 countries. I’ve probably seen it there before, but when it was right next to the local paper it’s rather confronting, but I digress – More Clarkson.

“I don’t often agree with the RSPCA (Royal society for prevention of cruelty to animals) as i believe it is an animals duty to be on my plate at supper time”

and one to warm every thinking American’s heart!

On Mandela’s claim that Cuba is a good advert for democracy!!!
“Well Mr Mandela why don’t you go and ask one of the 12 year old cuban prostitutes which way her parents voted”

On that note, off to earn enough to pay my staff..

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Ryan August 20, 2007 at 9:36 am

That’s the paradox of the public sector. I have critical role in educating the youth of my society, but because I work at the behest of the taxpayer and not the marketplace, I get paid a measely sum compared to what I’d get in the private sector. Congressmen only get paid $168,000 too and their role is also incredibly important. So important public sector jobs like Tony Snow’s job don’t offer a lot of money. This sometimes leads to the very wealthy getting into politics because the pay doesn’t matter, but also private sector types who want to have a piece of the pie who have a real understanding of the system and ways to make it better who’d rather secure themselves than work for the public good.

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al August 26, 2007 at 2:42 pm

Tony Snow is a wonderful man and a great American. I wish him all the best and pray for his total recovery!

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