Finally, Dubya does something I approve of

Fox anchor named Bush press secretary
Snow replaces McClellan as White House continues makeover

Wednesday, April 26, 2006; Posted: 3:03 p.m. EDT (19:03 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Acknowledging the challenges ahead, former Fox News anchor and talk show host Tony Snow began his second stint at the White House on Wednesday, this time as press secretary.

President Bush appeared with Snow in the White House briefing room to announce his choice 15 years after the commentator was a speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush.

“As a professional journalist, Tony Snow understands the importance of the relationship between government and those whose job it is to cover the government,” Bush said. (Story.)

I was doing pretty well until I got to the “professional journalist” part, but then I shot soda out my nose and fell off my chair laughing.

Ahem. It really ought to be fun, though. Already The Raw Story is on his ass for saying “racism is no big deal” (which will come as news to America’s whiny Negroes, especially those who have been hassled for things like DWB violations). However, as easy as the cheap shots are, I saw Snow on Bill Maher’s show a few months back and I have to say that, by FAUX News standards, he was remarkably coherent. Check his ruminations of Vietnam war protesters, fer instance:

Vietnam War protesters – of which I occasionally was one – began their opposition to the war in earnestness and ended it in fecklessness.

Most protesters got involved not because they had lofty feelings about war and peace. They joined in because they were bored, because disobedience was exciting, because the movement provided the next best thing to a dating service and because they wanted a high-minded way to dodge the draft.

I’m telling you, if he brings this level of iconoclasm to the Imperial Podium, the next few years are going to be more fun than bird hunting with The Dick.

I miss Scotty Mac already, though. Maybe no mouthpiece in history has ever been so entertaining in taking an ass-whipping as McClellan (well, except for the Iraqi Info Minister), and it would be a shame if White House press conferences were to be ruined by a press sec who could actually defend himself when The Great Decider steps in an especially large pile of kim-chee.



6 thoughts on “Finally, Dubya does something I approve of

  1. That Maher appearance was surreal. Normally the “conservative” type on the panel takes a beating, but that night Snow was kicking every ass in sight, including Maher’s. It was an impressive performance.

  2. On Maher, the “conservative” is supposed to take a beating, just like the liberal is supposed to take a beating on Hannity. Just give me the good old days of my idol, William F. Buckley Jr. when he did “Firing Line.” He was always very cordial to his guests. I do, however remember when he was commenting at a political convention with Gore Vidal, and they almost exchanged blows.
    Do you remember that episode?

  3. Never saw it, but it sure sounds fun.
    The weird thing about Maher – and if a Dem wins in 2008 you’ll see this more clearly – is that he’s really not anything like a stereotypical lib. He cuts across lines in some interesting ways. Very progressive on some issues, very conservative on others. I think he’s like me in that he’s most energized by whacking on whoever’s in power at the moment.

  4. I don’t think he’s a really bright guy, even though he’s full of himself. He’s not an iconoclast, even though he wants to be. My favorite liberal is Hitchens.

  5. “As a professional journalist, Tony Snow understands the importance of the relationship between government and those whose job it is to cover the government,” Bush said.
    Ha! Good one. Should read: “As a Fox News employee, Tony Snow already has plenty of experience carrying water for my administration.”

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