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2008-11-10 15:10:00

U.S. President George Bush and President-elect Barack Obama took a historic walk along the White House colonnade Monday before ducking into the Oval Office. Under sunny skies, Bush and first lady Laura Bush greeted Obama and Michelle Obama to the White House, where the president and his successor met privately to discuss policy issues as part of the formal transfer of power. Laura Bush and Michelle Obama toured of the first family's living quarters, including the bedrooms used by children...

2008-10-09 18:00:15

U.S. President George Bush signed an executive order Thursday directing his staff to begin preparing for transferring the White House to his successor. "It has probably never been more critical that a transition from an administration, from one to the next, is as seamless as possible," White House press secretary Dana Perino said during a news briefing. "Our nation is at war, we are dealing with a financial crisis, and we are trying to protect ourselves from terrorist attacks." White House...

2008-07-13 18:00:06

U.S. President George Bush said Sunday he was saddened to hear of the death of former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow. The president said Snow, who served as Bush's third press secretary until last September, had been a dedicated public servant who loved his country and family. Tony, you know, worked with us and made a lot of friends here in the White House, and Laura and I are -- we're really saddened by his death, said Bush, referring to his wife Laura Bush. Snow was forced to...

2008-07-12 09:00:02

Former White House press secretary and Fox News Channel host Tony Snow died Saturday from cancer at age 53, the network said. Snow retired as U.S. President George W. Bush's third press secretary last September, revealing he was battling colon cancer, and was succeeded by current White House press secretary Dana Perino. Fox officials said Snow's 30-year media career included stints as a columnist, editor, TV anchor, radio show host and musician. He joined Fox in 1996 as the original...

2006-08-02 14:56:14

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush, spokesmen for four ex-presidents and throngs of reporters said farewell on Wednesday to the scruffy White House briefing room, scheduled for demolition after 35 years of spin and jousting. "Looks a little crowded here, and so, you want to double the size? Forget it!" Bush said in an impromptu visit to the briefing room with his wife, Laura, after spokesman Tony Snow completed the last briefing there. The briefing room...

2006-05-03 08:31:21

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some call it theater, some call it theater of the absurd. The White House daily news briefing is a time-honored tradition but several former press secretaries say it is in need of fine-tuning. The problem, they say, is that the daily session has become a hostage to television cameras with both sides frequently posturing and sparring to the point that little actual news is imparted. It means that tensions often flare in the venerable old...

2006-04-25 22:03:22

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush has picked Fox News Radio host Tony Snow as his new White House press secretary and is expected to announce the choice as early as Wednesday, a Republican official said on Tuesday night. Snow 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 aimed at reviving Bush's presidency. Sources familiar with the situation said Snow wrestled with the...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'