April 26, 2006

Bush names Fox News Radio’s Snow press secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush named Fox
News Radio host Tony Snow as the new White House press
secretary on Wednesday in his latest move aimed at shaking up
his staff and breathing new life into his presidency.

"I'm here in the briefing room to break some news, I've
asked Tony Snow to serve as my new press secretary," Bush told
a crowd of reporters in the White House press briefing room.

Snow, 50, will replace Scott McClellan, who announced his
resignation last week as part of a staff shake-up engineered by
new White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten who is trying to
help Bush rebound from sagging polls and bolster American
confidence in his leadership.

A new CNN poll put Bush's job approval rating at an
all-time low of 32 percent, weighted down by American concerns
about the Iraq war and rising gasoline prices.

Snow had worked as a speech writer for Bush's father when
he was president.

In his role as a conservative Washington pundit, Snow has
sometimes found fault with Bush's policies, particularly on
government spending.

"He's not afraid to express his own opinions," Bush said
with a smile. "He sometimes has disagreed with me, I asked him
about those comments and he said 'you should have heard what I
said about the other guy'."

"I like his perspective, I like the perspective he brings
to this job and I think you're going to like it too," he said.

Sources familiar with the situation said Snow wrestled with
the decision for several days on whether to take the grueling
job. He was treated for colon cancer last year.

"One of the reasons I took the job is not only because I
believe in the president, because believe it or not I want to
work with you," Snow told reporters.

"These are times that are going to be very challenging,
we've got a lot of big issues ahead and we've got a lot of
important things that all of us are going to be covering
together," he said.