Yesterday, Tony Snow announced he was leaving the Whitehouse on September 14, and was quite frank about the financial sacrifices that led him to the decision. In both a genuine and magnanimous gesture, Tony remarked to the venerable Whitehouse correspondent, Helen Thomas–who has covered every President since JFK–that he hoped that he was making “life a living hell” for some Whitehouse Press Secretary when he is her age.
All the best to Tony and his family. As I’ve said before, I don’t know if we’ve had a better Whitehouse Press Secretary, in any administration. None of the Reagan, 41, or Clinton press secretaries ever struck me as particularly genuine or smart–just smarmy.