Tony Snow, Rest in Peace

Media personality and former Bush White House Press Secretary Tony Snow died of cancer at the age of 53.  LINK

Rest in peace.  

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Re: Tony Snow, Rest in Peace
I just heard this on NPR.
He was the spin master, no doubt about it.
by skohayes 2008-07-12 04:16AM | 0 recs
Re: Tony Snow, Rest in Peace

They is a lot everyone here can learn from Tony snow.  

If there is a person who was probably a poster child of showing how to conduct yourself in the political arena and garner that respect even from the opposite side of aisle - it was Tony snow.

This no divisiveness in Washington theme is joke this election season like it was in the past elections. We are each others throat and its same old politics as usual.

by roxfoxy 2008-07-12 05:10AM | 0 recs
Lipstick on a pig

Being able to put a smiley face on evil policies is not a skill to admire.

He completed the transformation of a serious forum - what used to be a daily briefing of events at the White House - into a media circus focused on personality and cutesy remarks.  Rather than answer questions, he questioned the motives of the professionals asking questions.  Uh, because its their job?

To me his banal acceptance of criminality and atrocities and his role in getting the American public to look the other way qualify him as one of the architects of war propaganda.

It's not really relevant how he died - I'm glad he's not part of the political propaganda machine anymore.

by lizpolaris 2008-07-12 06:50AM | 0 recs
Re: Lipstick on a pig

It's not really relevant how he died - I'm glad he's not part of the political propaganda machine anymore.

Technically he was no logner a part of the political propaganda machine after he left his position a year ago.

I don't see the reason to wax on about it now.

by Dracomicron 2008-07-12 07:37AM | 0 recs
Re: Lipstick on a pig

Because the usual tendency is to deify someone or ignore what they actually did in their life after they've died.

by lizpolaris 2008-07-12 01:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Lipstick on a pig

I wish he did what Lee Atwater did and faced some hard truths. But it looks like he was adamant to the end judging by his appearances on shows even after he stepped down.

But he was pretty gifted speaker. He would nearly have me nearly convinced of a certain viewpoint for a split second.

by Pravin 2008-07-12 09:13AM | 0 recs
I understand how you feel -

But I disagree.  The premature loss of anyone so young should give us all pause.  So please don't dismiss Tony Snow's death out of hand.  Where there's life, there's always hope for an epiphany.  People can and do change.  Look at John Dean.  He believed in Nixon - in Nixon's whole conservative agenda.  Then, when confronted with Nixon's perfidy (an incontrovertible truth) - he stood up and said no way.  He changed course - did a 180 - testified to Congress.  

Now - maybe Snow never would have done any of those things.  And what you said about his actions was true; but there was always that chance for change (albeit a small one) whilst he lived.  It might only be a tinker's damn in hell - but I've always believed in that tinker.

by The Fat Lady Sings 2008-07-12 09:50PM | 0 recs
Re: I understand how you feel -

On a personal level, I can be a forgiving person also.  But while repentance may be good for the soul of the individual, it rarely comes anywhere close to making up for the original evil caused (i.e.- Robert McNamara).  Making amends for past wrongs is a good idea but it doesn't erase what happened and the consequences.

So you're saying - too bad Snow died before he could see the error of his ways?

I'm saying - this individual contributed to the destruction of American democracy by helping to promote a new doctrine of pre-emptive war and undermining the role of the 4th estate.  By all accounts, he was very proud of having done so.  That's an evil legacy and should not be forgotten in all the baby-boom angst about how 'young' he was (I can say that as a boomer myself).

by lizpolaris 2008-07-13 05:19AM | 0 recs
Why are you turning this generational?

You throw 'baby boomer' out as some kind of epithet - as though I should be ashamed of my age.  As though age had something to do with Tony Snow's perceived 'evil'.    

By the way - technically speaking, I'm not really a boomer - and neither was Snow.  Snow, Senator Obama and I share 'post boomer' status - the so-called 'Jones Generation'.  

If you're going to try and insult someone - do try and get it right.

by The Fat Lady Sings 2008-07-13 07:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Why are you turning this generational?

No personal insult to you meant by the age-related comment.  That one was a general comment based on the numerous 'he was so young' messages on the blogs. 17 is young.  53 may seem young to a baby-boomer of the same age.  And yes, anyone who's 53 now is definitely in that generation.  You're right that Obama is not (he's a bit younger than I am).

by lizpolaris 2008-07-14 06:03AM | 0 recs
Rest In Peace

Tonight I pray for Tony's family and the families of those who seem invisible to the world.

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by nextgen 2008-07-12 04:25AM | 0 recs
Tonight I pray for all those with cancer

who can't afford the health care Tony Snow received.

by Shem 2008-07-12 06:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Tony Snow, Rest in Peace
I had no idea he was quite this far along. I hadn't seen him lately.

RIP, Tony. I won't say you were one of the good ones, but you were better than some of the company you kept.
by vcalzone 2008-07-12 04:33AM | 0 recs
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"I won't say you were one of the good ones, but you were better than some of the company you kept."

Well said, spot on, I agree, and join with your sentiments in wishing him eternal rest.

by phoenixdreamz 2008-07-12 04:57AM | 0 recs
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I'd like to see yours or our eulogy. Here lies <insert name> great father/mom, great employee, kind hearted and as generous as he/she could be- But alas <insert name> FAILED to qualify as a 'good one' because  he/she was a democrat and not republican.

by roxfoxy 2008-07-12 05:20AM | 0 recs
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Not the point.  He worked for a tight group of people who have quite literally destroyed this country.  To ignore that now because he died is hypocritical.  It isn't because he was a Republican.

I'm reasonably sure Tony isn't looking down at us today from Heaven.  That doesn't make me happy, it's just how I see the facts on his life.

by SpanishFly 2008-07-12 05:41AM | 0 recs
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Does not make you happy that he is heaven? Keep on rocking that class.

This place is full of people who would silently celebrate if Hillary or Bill died tomorrow. I guarantee it.

You don't need the excuse of the war to dislike and disparage someone. You just need the R in front of someone's name. Same goes for your counterparts on the Republican side. They just need to see the D in front of persons name to show the same class.

by roxfoxy 2008-07-12 05:49AM | 0 recs
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This doesn't even come close to what I said.  Make shit up all day long if you like.  Tony Snow was a big part of the problem and I'm not going to change my opinion of the man because he died.

by SpanishFly 2008-07-12 05:52AM | 0 recs
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Quoting you:

I'm reasonably sure Tony isn't looking down at us today from Heaven.  That doesn't make me happy, it's just how I see the facts on his life.

by roxfoxy 2008-07-12 06:04AM | 0 recs
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OH I'm sorry I did not see where you blatantly said he is in Hell rather. Don't know what worse

by roxfoxy 2008-07-12 06:07AM | 0 recs
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In my opinion, unless he repented, he's in hell.  There are thousands of US soldiers dead because of his actions and probably hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.  You don't get into heaven with that much blood on your hands.

by SpanishFly 2008-07-12 06:10AM | 0 recs
Final repentence possible

I didn/'t/don't agree with Tony Snow's political opinions and his work in promoting Bush's policies during his working life.

However, I believe it is possible to have final repentence, expressed or not, before death, and I hope and pray Tony Snow was given the grace of repentence for whatever evil he may have done in his lifetime, just as I hope and pray that I will have the opportunity to know and repent when I leave the earth.

May the good in his life be recognized.  May we learn from whatever mistakes he made and honor him by making them right.

He did leave the earth too soon.  Reminds us all that our time is fleeting.  

by susie 2008-07-12 09:27AM | 0 recs
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Read it again, slick.  You're missing the double negative.  I said, effectively, "he isn't in heaven and I'm not happy about it."

English 101 might help.

by SpanishFly 2008-07-12 06:07AM | 0 recs
&quot;Quite literally?&quot;

If they "quite literally" destroyed the country, we wouldn't be having elections right now.  We would be living in a state of anarchy, and I would be considering killing you for access to your gasoline, canned food, and women for mating stock.

by Dracomicron 2008-07-12 05:49AM | 0 recs
Re: &quot;Quite literally?&quot;

It will take us several generations to restore our credibility and standing in the world.  It will take great leadership during those years to reverse the course we're on.  I'm not confident anymore after watching the American people elect George W twice that things won't end up as you suggest.

by SpanishFly 2008-07-12 05:56AM | 0 recs
Spare me the apolcalyptic ditty

We came back from the Great Depression just fine.  Civil War?  Managed.  Vietnam?  We got by.

Things are bad, to be sure, but there's no need to overstate the problem.  Stating them leaves us in a tough enough situation; we don't need hypochondria and hyperbole adding to our problems.

by Dracomicron 2008-07-12 06:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Spare me the apolcalyptic ditty

It took a world war to overcome the Depression.

Vietnam was during the cold war when the rest of the world had no choice but to side with us, regardless.

Things are different now.

Point being, Bush has done some really disgusting, evil things.  And Snow stood by him and covered up for him all through it.  And before he was on the "team" he worked for Fox doing essentially the same.  He was a shill, nothing more, and his death doesn't change that.

by SpanishFly 2008-07-12 06:55AM | 0 recs
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I take it you mean "quite literally" figuratively.

by vann 2008-07-12 08:30AM | 0 recs
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Recall the city of New Orleans and the World Trade Centers.  Recall the US Constitution.  Recall our standing in the world and our once feared military might.  

Literally.

by SpanishFly 2008-07-12 08:58AM | 0 recs
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A judgmental over simplification.

Mr. Snow devoted what he knew would be the last years of his life to defending Bush's foreign policy, and stonewalling the American public's demand for answers and accountability.

I have a problem with that, and would refuse to deliver a eulogy for him, but wish him eternal peace regardless of course.

by phoenixdreamz 2008-07-12 05:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Tony Snow, Rest in Peace

RIP, Tony. I won't say you were one of the good ones, but you were better than some of the company you kept.

That is how I think of him.  I can't condone lying for the Bushies but he seemed like a decent man who you wouldn't mind having as a neighbor.  

My mother died at a smiliar age after a years long bout with cancer.  If Tony's family is going through something similar to what my family went through then they are celebrating his life and thanking God his suffering is over and he is at peace.  I hope they got to say goodbye to him.    

by Blue Neponset 2008-07-12 05:22AM | 0 recs
Re: Tony Snow, Rest in Peace

You guys disgust me. This is not exactly hitler who died. Just like the ones who came in on day Tim russert died and started to bad mouth him.

How do you figure he lied about the bushies?

It was his MEDIA PR job to promote the president's policy. He came way after the war started and was always forth right but with the spin one expects of a PR guy.

Obama's pres sect. is not going to do any different. It's their job to defend and explain the Presidents policies to the press and to do so with utmost vigor.

by roxfoxy 2008-07-12 05:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Tony Snow, Rest in Peace

No, not Hitler.  More like Joseph Goebbels.

by SpanishFly 2008-07-12 05:47AM | 0 recs
Good lord

This thread went from zero to Godwin in far too short a time.

by Dracomicron 2008-07-12 05:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Good lord

LOL.

Well, RoxFox brought it up.

by SpanishFly 2008-07-12 05:58AM | 0 recs
ROFL.

I nominate that for comment of the day.

by Elsinora 2008-07-12 09:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Tony Snow, Rest in Peace

"No, not Hitler.  More like Joseph Goebbels"

Welcome to the jungle- Stalin.

by roxfoxy 2008-07-12 05:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Tony Snow, Rest in Peace

How do you figure he lied about the bushies?

He chose to be Bush's Press Secretary and he flat out lied for the Bush Administration.  He didn't lie to save the lives of soldiers in the field or protect state secrets.  He lied in order to advance a political agenda.  I have no respect for that.  If Obama's press secretary lies like a rug to protect Obama then I will have no respect for that behavior either.    

Like I said above, I think Tony Snow was a decent man.  It saddens me that he died.  If you think I am attacking then so be it.

by Blue Neponset 2008-07-12 05:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Tony Snow, Rest in Peace

Do you intentionally misread everything you can?

You must have missed these parts:

seemed like a decent man who you wouldn't mind having as a neighbor.

If Tony's family is going through something similar to what my family went through then they are celebrating his life and thanking God his suffering is over and he is at peace.  I hope they got to say goodbye to him.

I am as disgusted as the next person when I see grave-dancing, and I see it all too often, but nobody's really done anything like that yet.

You, on the other hand, seem to think that the only option when someone dies is to pretend they were a saint.  It's not.  All you have to do is recognize that they were human.

by BishopRook 2008-07-12 05:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Tony Snow, Rest in Peace

If you're talking about me, I mean what I said and nothing more. He approached his job like a soldier and he relished in being able to spread BS to the press. And he was very good at spreading BS, it is what he understood the job to be when he took it.

But if you compare to Ari Fleischer or even Dana Perino, it's clear that Snow at least acknowledged dissent. There were multiple times I remember thinking that he seemed as if he didn't want to say what he was saying. I know he had a conscience, and I know he was following it the best way he knew how, by trying to serve his country. I can respect that. I can't say I agree with him or that it was good for the country, but I can respect his intentions, therefore I can respect the man.

by vcalzone 2008-07-12 06:00AM | 0 recs
I can't believe I'm writing this.

BN is not attacking Tony Snow.  This diary was a nice tribute and the RedState/Limbaugh loonies can't accuse us of dancing on his grave.

BN's observation was fair.  The administration lied to us and Snow worked for that administration. It doesn't matter if that was his job.

But that really doesn't matter right now.  BN wrote a nice diary.  We don't need to re-hash the past.

by psychodrew 2008-07-12 06:55AM | 0 recs
Cancer is terrible

I lost my cousin to cancer this year; she was 27.  I hope Mr. Snow can avoid the kind of smears that Tim Russert was subjected to upon his passing.  Nobody deserves that.

My thoughts go out to his friends and family.

by Dracomicron 2008-07-12 04:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Cancer is terrible

Curious.. are you a Republican, or former Republican, or Independent, or Democrat?

by phoenixdreamz 2008-07-12 04:54AM | 0 recs
Why does it matter?

Feeling compassion for the families of the departed is a human trait untied to political ideology.

If you look at my history on this site, it shouldn't be hard to see where my politics lie.

by Dracomicron 2008-07-12 05:18AM | 0 recs
by Dracomicron 2008-07-12 04:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Side note

Umm, "Tony the Man" ?????

Well, you are entitled to your opinion, I guess..

by phoenixdreamz 2008-07-12 05:01AM | 0 recs
Are you saying he wasn't a man?

Your implication and motives are confusing, friend.

by Dracomicron 2008-07-12 05:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Are you saying he wasn't a man?

Ok, and no, I didn't mean to imply he wasn't a man. Attaching "the Man" to someone usually connotes a type of greatness. I rarely speak up here and was treading lightly because I'm tired of being troll or hide rated for remaining true to my Democratic principles.

I won't speak ill of the dead, and certainly desire for Mr. Snow a peaceful eternal rest.

I do however have a problem appreciating or understanding a man who devoted what he knew would be the last years of his life to defending Bush's foreign policy, and stonewalling the American public's demand for answers and accountability.

by phoenixdreamz 2008-07-12 05:41AM | 0 recs
Er, alright

I'm not saying, "Damn, Tony, you da man!"

I'm saying, "Thus passes the man."  Or simply talking about him as a human rather than as the media icon we know.

If you read the link, you'd see that I was talking about his attributes as a regular guy, a mortal.

by Dracomicron 2008-07-12 05:47AM | 0 recs
Just don't read the comments.

Seriously, I've seen Freepers be more polite.  Good Lord.

I pointed out that even if somebody hates Tony Snow, he isn't alive to read what we're saying about him.  His family, however, is...and they have done nothing wrong.  Thus, if you can't say anything respectful (you can criticize, so long as it's respectful and has content rather than "OMG FASCIST BURN IN HELL I HOPE SATAN FUX YOU IN THE ASS!!!!!!"), just say "My condolences to his family" and move on.  You don't have to praise him--indeed, I sure wouldn't--but you don't have to dance on his grave either.

In response, I was called "some trained, conditioned delusional perspective lacking fucktard who thinks they are somehow noble and nice, i.e. "proper", to pay respect to people like tony Snowjob."  Ooookay, if you say so, but you'd better not have the chutzpah to complain when the Freepers express similar crassness in reaction to the death of someone like Robert Byrd, Ted Kennedy, or Bill Clinton.

by Elsinora 2008-07-12 09:30AM | 0 recs
Re: Just don't read the comments.

I read that diary this morning and it was well written. It has been deleted; I suspect the diarist took it down becuse of the foul comments.

by Roberta 2008-07-12 12:06PM | 0 recs
whoa

man another shocker (but not as surprising as tim russert)

by sepulvedaj3 2008-07-12 05:15AM | 0 recs
I pray for those fighting colon cancer...

...who don't have the means to get the kind of care Snow got.

by Bush Bites 2008-07-12 06:23AM | 0 recs
Best comment of this entire thread.

by Shem 2008-07-12 06:29AM | 0 recs
Re: RIP

Scotty was my favorite.

Even though I hated him when he was in the job, I knew he and his wife adopted a bunch of animals and were basically good people.

Then, when he wrote his book, I thought: "Ah, Scotty. I always knew you had humanity in you."

Don't really believe the same about Snow. Sorry.

by Bush Bites 2008-07-12 06:25AM | 0 recs
Re: Tony Snow, Rest in Peace

Tony could sure make bullshit smell like roses.

Being utterly unfamiliar with the private man and only familiar with his work, that's the best I can say about him.

Rest in peace.

by grassrootsorganizer 2008-07-12 06:36AM | 0 recs
&quot;It's a number.&quot;

In 2008, nearly 50,000 Americans will die from colon cancer.

by Bush Bites 2008-07-12 06:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Tony Snow, Rest in Peace

R.I.P.

by spacemanspiff 2008-07-12 07:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Tony Snow, Rest in Peace

Tony showed the value of a sense of humor, a warm smile, and real courage. I'd be happy to have any of those things he had.

In a pragmatic sense, he's one of those people who showed that you don't have to be disagreeable with those you may not agree with. Compare him to his predecessors Ari Fleisher and McClellan, who always seemed to be snarling--not to mention monsters like the Cheneys. He'll definitely be missed.

by BJJ Fighter 2008-07-12 07:32AM | 0 recs
agreed

RIP Tony.

by chrisblask 2008-07-12 08:41AM | 0 recs
this thread

defines why people call liberals "bleeding hearts." This thread bleeds a heart for an evil laying war mongering talking head who was part of the problem. Phil Donahue said that the media was much more at fault than Dems who voted Iraq, and likely the cause of such. Tony Snow was part of the problem, and frankly, I could give two shits less he's dead. Let his rest in hell. God is really giving us a nice package for 2008: an energized Dem party, no more Jesse Helms, no more Tony Snow, a weak opponent, John McCain, hopefully at least 270 electoral votes this November.

by Lakrosse 2008-07-12 08:42AM | 0 recs
Re: this thread

You're certainly entitled to your opinion of Tony Snow.  

I'm entitled to my opinion of you.  You can probably guess what it is at this point.  The man wasn't a monster and he just died very young.

You should be ashamed of yourself.  First off this does not help us.  Second of all, who the fuck are you to dance on a man's grave?  He gave up a lucrative job in order to serve his country as he saw it.  I cannot say I ever particuarly cared for Tony Snow (I didn't), but the man did have class and he made his last years a lot harder than they needed to be.

Press Secretary is a crap job, and I cannot think of anyone in my lifetime who's enjoyed it.  He knew what he was signing up to do.  He believed in his cause enough to do it.  He gets points for that, even if he was wrong (in my opinion) on most of the issues.

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-07-12 08:56AM | 0 recs

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