Tony Snow Stepping Down as Press Secretary

He’s citing financial reasons for stepping down.

White House spokesman Tony Snow plans to leave his job before U.S. President George W. Bush’s term ends in January 2009, citing financial reasons rather than his recurrence of colon cancer.

In a radio interview this week, Snow, 52, did not reveal when he would leave. Snow earlier this year suffered a return of colon cancer and has been receiving chemotherapy.

But he said his reasons for leaving would be financial. He took a pay cut to leave Fox News.

“I’ve already made it clear I’m not going to be able to go the distance, but that’s primarily for financial reasons,” Snow said on conservative radio program “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”

“I’ve told people when my money runs out, then I’ve got to go.”

That sounds like an honest reason. He’s such a good press secretary because he’s quick on his feet and has no problem engaging some of the most annoying members of the press corp, such as Helen Thomas, while keeping his sense of humor. It will be very sad to see him go.

Flash back: Here’s video of Tony Snow taking on Helen Thomas:

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