The Washington Times - July 12, 2008, 05:48PM

Washington reacts to the loss of one of its most well-liked and respected citizens: 




“Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend, Tony Snow.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Jill, and their children, Kendall, Robbie, and Kristi.  The Snow family has lost a beloved husband and father.  And America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character. Tony was one of our Nation’s finest writers and commentators. He earned a loyal following with incisive radio and television broadcasts. He was a gifted speechwriter who served in my father’s administration.  And I was thrilled when he agreed to return to the White House to serve as my press secretary. It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day. He brought wit, grace, and a great love of country to his work. His colleagues will cherish memories of his energetic personality and relentless good humor. All of us here at the White House will miss Tony, as will the millions of Americans he inspired with his brave struggle against cancer. One of the things that sustained Tony Snow was his faith — and Laura and I join people across our country in praying that this good man has now found comfort in the arms of his Creator.

— President George W. Bush



“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Tony Snow. He was a loving father, husband, friend and truly one of America’s most gifted commentators. Whether he sat behind a radio mic or stood behind a White House podium, Tony Snow always sought to give the American people new insights into our government, political process and leaders. He asked the tough questions and took them as well. Even when diagnosed with cancer, his fight served as an inspiration to all Americans. In the coming days, we will celebrate the life of a truly great and generous man.”

— Sen. John McCain



“Washington and the nation have lost one of Kentucky’s homespun gifts to public life, the stouthearted son of a teacher and nurse who cherished his country and was devoted to its founding principles. The conservative movement is indebted to Tony for carrying on the saber-witted tradition of William F. Buckley Jr., and will miss his rallying presence on the field.”

— Heritage Foundation President Edwin J. Feulner 



“Tony Snow cared deeply about our nation, and he served it well in both public service and journalism.  He had a passion for politics and policy, but showed it is possible to disagree on the issues without being disagreeable.”

— House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer



“Today we mourn the loss of a dear friend, Tony Snow. A consummate professional, a respected voice in journalism, Tony was a one of the “good ones”. To his family, friends and colleagues we offer our prayers and condolences, and thank God for giving us 53 good years with Tony. On a personal note, I shed a tear of joy for having known him and tears of sorrow for his passing. God bless you my friend.”

— GOPAC Chairman Michael Steele



“Tony Snow always showed the kindness of his Midwestern American roots. Whether from the anchor desk at Fox News or behind the podium in the White House press room, Tony showed a deep passion for his beliefs and a remarkable ability to connect with the American people. Even through his courageous battle with cancer, Tony Snow showed us how to live life: with strength, determination, and with a brave and smiling face.”

— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi



“I am deeply saddened by the death of a friend and former colleague, Tony Snow.  He was an insightful and intelligent political commentator, a gifted and respected writer and press secretary, and a devoted husband and father. He was a talented newsman, a positive conservative, a great man who will truly be missed.  On behalf of the Republican Party, we extend our prayers to his family.”

— RNC Chairman Robert M. “Mike” Duncan



“I was greatly saddened to learn of Tony Snow’s death.  Tony brought great determination to his long career in journalism and public service, and his approach to his battle with cancer was no different.  My thoughts are with his family.”

— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid



“Tony Snow was a wonderful person and a gifted communicator.  He will be remembered for not just what he did in life, but the way he did it.”

— Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison



“Tony, above all else, was a man who cherished his family. He was a man who inspired through example, and who sought to lift others. Through his public courage and optimism in the face of what came to be his last challenge, he sought to give hope to many others. Tony was a remarkable man, and this loss is felt by an enormous family of admirers that has only grown during his many years of public life.”

— Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell



“Churchill said, ‘I like a man who grins when he fights’ and that was Tony Snow.  For 35 years, as a writer, broadcaster, and spokesman, he fought fiercely for what he believed in, and he did it with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye.  His loss is a loss for our country.  His newspaper columns and television and radio shows illuminated issues with grace and humor and solid insight.  He served twice in government, distinguishing himself as a speechwriter in President George H.W. Bush’s White House and as a spokesman for the current President.  Despite everything Tony did and achieved in life, he never forgot his hometown roots or those who grew up with him.  He was a proud son of Cincinnati, and I will miss him.  My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jill, and their three children.”

— House Republican Leader John Boehner



“His influence on the political dialogue of this country was as remarkable as it was pervasive — but at no time did Tony ever perspective on what was truly important in his life, and at no point did he ever lose the famous sense of humor and wit which accompanied that perspective. Today I join Americans from all walks of life, and of all political backgrounds, in sending our prayers and condolences to Tony’s wife Jill and their three children.”

— House Republican Whip Roy Blunt



“Tony Snow was one of the most decent and loyal people I’ve ever known in political life.  Tony was loyal to his maker, family, friends, ideals, and profession.  He was one of the smartest and most articulate voices for the conservative cause in the nation.  Tony was a true friend, and will be missed.”

— Sen. Lindsay Graham


“Tony Snow possessed a rare quality in Washington, he was a gentleman. He approached issues with earnestness and honesty.  He inspired us all with his bravery and compassion for others in the face of his own adversity. I am terribly sad for his family who lost a remarkable husband and father. Chuck and I will keep them in our prayers.”

— Rep. Marsha Blackburn


“Much will be said and written about Tony Snow’s extraordinary contributions to our national discourse, but it was his grace and courage in the face of cancer that cemented his legacy as an inspiration to all of us. Tony refused to allow his illness to deter him from getting up, going to work, and doing what he loved. Only the millions of Americans who live with cancer can understand the inner strength these daily acts of bravery require.

— Rep. Adam Putnam



“In Washington one meets a handful of people who are almost universally liked and respected. So much is at stake in the partisan battles in the capital that having the admiration of political friend and foe alike is unusual. Tim Russert achieved that and so did Tony Snow. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

— Family Research Council