White House press secretary Tony Snow is leaving as well

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White House press secretary Tony Snow said Friday he'll leave before the end of the Bush presidency because he needs to make more money.

"I'm going to stay as long as I can," he said without elaborating on a departure date.

Snow's comment caught White House colleagues by surprise, and they said they could not hazard a guess about when he might leave.

The 52-year-old Snow, the father of three children, earns $168,000 as an assistant to the president but made considerably more as a conservative pundit and syndicated talk-show host on Fox News Radio. He was named press secretary on April 26, 2006.

White House press secretaries in recent administrations have found the speechmaking circuit to be lucrative once they've stepped down. Snow was eagerly sought by Republican audiences before the elections last year, and in a break with tradition he made a number of fundraising speeches for GOP candidates.

The White House has been shaken by the resignations of some of President Bush's closest aides. Political strategist Karl Rove announced Monday that he would leave at the end of the month. Others who have left since Democrats won control of Congress are counselor Dan Bartlett, chief White House attorney Harriet Miers, budget director Rob Portman, political director Sara Taylor, deputy national security adviser J.D. Crouch and Meghan O'Sullivan, another deputy national security adviser who worked on Iraq.

Bush's term ends on Jan. 20, 2009.

"I will not be able to make it to the end of this administration, just financially," Snow said. "This job has been such a pleasant surprise in how much I like it. I love it."

Snow has been undergoing chemotherapy after doctors discovered a recurrence of colon cancer in March. He said the last of eight scheduled chemotherapy treatments would be on Friday. On Monday he will have a CAT scan to evaluate his progress.
 

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When I saw that I figured he's circling the drain and knows it. Probably just wants to be left alone for the rest of his time.
Can't say as I blame him.

Alternatively, he could be fed up with the way he has to twist facts into bullshit that is loosely based in some distant truth. That'd make me sicker than the cancer.

Either way, it sure can't be money unless he's got a hell of a coke habit..
 

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I dont get it. He wouldnt have even needed to give a reason for leaving with his condition. No one would have even asked. I was expecting him to want leave anyway so he could be with his family more. Not in a high stress job that requires a ton of time. Why would he say hes leaving because of the money?
 

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When $168,000 is a pay CUT, he might have a point. Sure, he could have spun it that he wanted to spend more time with his family, but then how could he justify being on the road & booking so many speaking engagements?
 

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I dont get it. He wouldnt have even needed to give a reason for leaving with his condition.
The more I think about it the more I believe he wanted people to know he was leaving because he can't stand spinning bullshit any more rather than the cancer that everyone would otherwise assume.
 

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When $168,000 is a pay CUT, he might have a point. Sure, he could have spun it that he wanted to spend more time with his family, but then how could he justify being on the road & booking so many speaking engagements?
I guess. Isnt he on his deathbed though? I just saw a story about him on NBC and it didnt look good.
 

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The more I think about it the more I believe he wanted people to know he was leaving because he can't stand spinning bullshit any more rather than the cancer that everyone would otherwise assume.
What and everything McClellan said wasnt? He knew what he was getting into taking this job from this president.
 

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What and everything McClellan said wasnt? He knew what he was getting into taking this job from this president.
I can see how he thought he would be able to do a better job than McClellan.
I also don't think he knew the extent and seriousness of the bullshit until he was brought into the meetings the press can't get access to.
It's one thing to assume it, and another to hear it as fact along with the discussions of how he has to present it.

Who knows, really.. I don't see why he'd leave a lower stress job with Fox for a guranteed burnout job at 'considerably' less pay. There's got to be an interesting backstory there.
 

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A lot of people take a pay cut to get experience. Not everyone can get the job title "Former White House Press Secretary"
 
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Maybe he's trying to build up his bank account so he'll leave a little extra for his family. Either way I wish him luck. He always seemed less slimy than most journalists to me.











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I wish him well. Too many fucking liberals have CHEERED the fact that he's got cancer, the guy deserves some peace if he's more gravely ill than he's letting on. Even if he isn't, even if he's actually going to wind up in better health, the guy still deserves some peace for having to put up with people wishing death upon him just because he's the current administration's mouthpiece.
 

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According to what I read on CNN http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/08/17/whitehouse.snow/

Snow said "I'm not going to be able to go the distance, but that's primarily for financial reasons." Snow said. "I've told people when my money runs out, then I've got to go."

The article goes on to say that Chief of Staff Josh Bolten told senior White House staffers that unless they could commit to staying until President Bush leaves office in January 2009, they should leave by Labor Day.

So it would seem that he's gone next month.
 

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I wish him well. Too many fucking liberals have CHEERED the fact that he's got cancer, the guy deserves some peace if he's more gravely ill than he's letting on. Even if he isn't, even if he's actually going to wind up in better health, the guy still deserves some peace for having to put up with people wishing death upon him just because he's the current administration's mouthpiece.
I have never heard anyone, liberal or otherwise, wish cancer on someone (well, who was not on the radio at least...Hoo...Hoo) based on their political stance.

We get it, your conservative. But not all liberals are out to get the Republicans like you think, and you might want to consider mixing in some independent thought if you believe otherwise.

However, I am guessing your right about his illness. I think it is in fact worse than people think.
 

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Really. I must have missed the film clip of the democrats rising to their feet and applauding when the story broke.
 

Vyce

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I have never heard anyone, liberal or otherwise, wish cancer on someone (well, who was not on the radio at least...Hoo...Hoo) based on their political stance.

We get it, your conservative. But not all liberals are out to get the Republicans like you think, and you might want to consider mixing in some independent thought if you believe otherwise.
LOL at you. You really know nothing about me.

As for the liberals I'm referring to, there have been plenty at Democrat Underground, DailyKos, and in particular, the Huffington Post (where one of their featured *columnists* wrote: "I hear about Tony Snow and say to myself, well, stand up every day, lie to the American people at the behest of your dictator-esque boss and well, how could a cancer NOT grow in you.") who wished the man ill.

You know it's a problem when you have Susan Estrich of all people come out to defend Tony Snow.
 
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We get it, your conservative.
People like him are no more conservative than Jimmy fucking Carter. They latch on to Bush's dick, and suck on it continuously and Bush is the biggest fucking socialist in the last 50 years. No one has submitted bigger budgets ever. No one has borrowed more money in the history of the country. Bush has outspent every single president singularly and has outspent ever single one combined since LBJ.

Yet they will bootlick that fucking failure at every turn. And call themselves conservative. There's a big difference between a conservative, and a neocon.
 

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LOL at you. You really know nothing about me.

As for the liberals I'm referring to, there have been plenty at Democrat Underground, DailyKos, and in particular, the Huffington Post (where one of their featured *columnists* wrote: "I hear about Tony Snow and say to myself, well, stand up every day, lie to the American people at the behest of your dictator-esque boss and well, how could a cancer NOT grow in you.") who wished the man ill.

You know it's a problem when you have Susan Estrich of all people come out to defend Tony Snow.
You know what? After thinking about it you are right, I don't know you. Yet I foolishly made a generalized statement that judged your intent and character based on a few posts. Therefor, I admit I could very well be wrong.

However, I again suggest that maybe you should consider you are doing the same by saying democrats are happy he has cancer. Questioning whether someone is using their illness as a way to deflect criticism and as you said, cheered the fact he has cancer is very different. That’s all.