August 18th, 2007
08:50 AM ET
7 years ago

Snow to exit White House as soon as next month

Snow suggested Thursday he may not stay on for the rest of Bush's term.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Karl Rove won't be the final senior Bush aide to depart the White House before the president leaves office in January 2009.

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow told conservative talk-show host Hugh Hewitt Wednesday "financial reasons" may prevent him for serving the remainder of his boss’ presidency.

"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."

Snow refused to indicate when he thought he would likely leave, but CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reports that he could step down from his position as early as next month.

According to the Washington Post, Snow makes $168,000 as the White House spokesman.

The former Fox News anchor-turned press secretary took a month long leave of absence earlier this year after cancer was discovered on his liver.

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  1. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    John, Long Island – New York ... WOW is your reading comprehension remedial!

    Apparently you can read dozens of posts and STILL not get the point.

    "You guyz are attempting to drive Snow to the corner for being richer than the lots of u – and having issues w/ only receiving 168k or so per month. If u guyz worked as hard as him – u wouldn't be so different"

    We're pointing out how rediculous it is for him to say he doesnt have enough money when 1) he gets WAY more money per year than most people, 2) he has one of the best medical plans in the country (if not the WORLD), and 3) he knew EXACTLY how much he would be getting before he signed up to represent a thoroughly incompetent administration who's policies most people despise – policies that include largely ignoring those people with inadequate or non-existant health care. And if he chose to represent those policies, I can safely assume that he must agree with them – otherwise there is no moral justification whatsoever for him to have accepted his current position where he defends them.

    Where is HIS conpassion for the people who have cancer who DON'T have his luxurious salary or his primo health plan? Tell you what, the more compassion his boss (who's he willingly chose to defend) has for THOSE people, the more I'll have for him.

    Fair enough?

    While I don't hope he dies from the cancer he has, it's hard to imagine him being in a better economic or health insurance situation to deal with it. There's untold millions who have or have had cancer that wish they had the finances and coverage he has now.

    Try fighting cancer on 5.75 an hour, without health insurance while your company's CEO makes more in a day than you make all year.

    After all, that's not a sign of a problem, that's more proof that the "economy is booming" right?

    August 20, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Steve Ryan Carlsbad Ca.

    Empathy for Tony and his Cancer, U have mine. I actually did have some respect for Snow and when listening to him I didn't hear as much bias as some other commentators. However, when he took the job with the White House all bets were off for him to be objective from then on. When he started I even gave him the benefit of doubt and he did seem different then the previous puppet they had attempting to coverup with BS!! But alas, as Tony's tour dragged on he joined the puppet regime and sold out his integrity!!

    August 20, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. James, Phoenix, AZ

    "Where is HIS conpassion for the people who have cancer who DON'T have his luxurious salary or his primo health plan? Tell you what, the more compassion his boss (who's he willingly chose to defend) has for THOSE people, the more I'll have for him."

    Sounds like a good prescription, Rick, drinking the poison of resentment and hoping your adversary gets sick?

    August 20, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    James, Phoenix, AZ ... "drinking the poison of resentment and hoping your adversary gets sick?"

    Yeah ... I "resent" (presented the fact) that the hypocrite who wrote that Willie's use of exec privilege was a "dodge" on March 28, 1998 and then defended his boss's use of exec privilege now says that 168 grand a year is "not enough money" when he's getting more money per year AND has a better health plan than probably 90% of the population – a population where an ever increasing number are filing for personal bankruptcy, losing their homes, etc due to not having the health insurance they couldn't afford when a medical emergency arose. And I "resent" (presented the fact) that his boss is helping to make damn sure it STAYS that way!

    Maybe now that Tony sees how quickly money can become tight with health problems for someone at his income level, maybe he can talk his boss into doing something about the others that are WAY less monetarily fortunate than him? Maybe it's TONY and DUBYA who will have more compassion and empathy now ... and maybe even ACT on it?

    One can only hope that if anything positive comes out of his personal battle (which I hope he wins) that perhaps THAT might be it. And if he loses his fight, it wouldn't be a bad legacy to remember him for.

    Oh ... and James?

    Here's the part of my original post that makes you look like an idiot for posting your response: "While I don't hope he dies from the cancer he has, ..."

    See, THAT would be where I stated I was hoping he WOULDN'T get sick. Or die.

    Next time (since your reading comprehension is obviously so astoundingly bad that I doubt you could even spell IQ if I spotted you the "I" AND the "Q"), maybe I'll draw you a picture instead.

    August 22, 2007 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
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