Snow Stepping Down as White House Spokesman

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2007 — White House Spokesman Tony Snow is stepping down, though he said he intends to stay close to the political fold.

“What are my plans? A little vague at this point. I know I’ll be giving some speeches. I am going to try to work up some book proposals, probably first and foremost, on issues of how you deal with sickness,” Snow said. “One of the things that I have found out is that at least getting out and talking about my own experience with cancer, it’s proved to be helpful to people, and that’s enormously gratifying. I’m sure I’ll do some political writing, as well. I’ll be involved in charitable work — still trying to figure out how all that fits together.”

When asked why he was leaving, Snow said money, not his sickness, played a role in his decision.

“Why am I — because I ran out of money. A lot of people at home are saying, well, what do you mean, you make all this money. Well, you know what, I made more money when I was in my previous career,” Snow said. And I made the decision not to say to my wife and kids, you know, we’ve finally saved up all this money and done these things, and you’re just going to have to give them away so Daddy can work at the White House. We took out a loan when I came to the White House, and that loan is now gone. So I’m going to have to pay the bills.

“As far as my health, I’m doing fine,” Snow added. “I know a lot of folks have been thinking, oh, come on, it’s really the cancer. No, cancer has nothing to do with this decision. I finished chemo two weeks ago today. We did CAT scans and MRIs in the last week and it indicates that the chemo did exactly what we hoped it would do, which is hold serve. The tumors that we’ve been tracking have not grown. There are no new tumors.”

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