- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 1, 2007

White House press secretary Tony Snow resigned yesterday, leaving the Bush administration without its top communicator heading into a fall showdown with Democrats over the Iraq war and spending.

“I ran out of money,” said Mr. Snow, a father of three who left a lucrative job at Fox News for the $168,000 a year job. “We took out a loan when I came to the White House, and that loan is now gone.”

Mr. Snow, 52, said his ongoing fight with cancer did not factor into the decision, and that he will bolster his income by giving paid speeches and writing books — the first of which will be about fighting illness.

“It’s proven to be helpful to people,” said Mr. Snow, who has emphasized taking a positive approach to cancer that includes a reliance on faith in God.

Deputy press secretary Dana Perino, 35, will replace Mr. Snow on Sept. 15.

“It’s been a joy to watch him spar with you,” President Bush said to the White House press corps during a rare appearance at the regular midday news briefing.

Mr. Bush told Mr. Snow: “I love you, and I wish you all the best.”

Mr. Snow, an articulate advocate for administration policy, joins a growing list of outgoing officials, including presidential adviser Karl Rove, who concluded his tenure yesterday.

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, a loyal Bush ally, will leave office three days after Mr. Snow’s Sept. 14 departure. Dan Bartlett, the president’s counselor, left in July after having served Mr. Bush for 14 years, the same as Mr. Rove.

Mr. Snow, named White House press secretary little more than a year ago in April 2006, is undergoing his second bout with cancer.

After recovering from colon cancer in 2005, Mr. Snow announced in late March that he was again diagnosed with cancer, this time with a form that had attacked his liver.

Mr. Snow underwent surgery, began chemotherapy and returned to work in late April. He underwent chemotherapy treatments all summer, finishing two weeks ago. Much of his hair has fallen out, and he has lost weight.

But he said the chemotherapy treatments held the cancer at bay and that there has been no growth of tumors and no new tumors.

Mr. Snow began his career as an editorial writer, heading the editorial page of The Washington Times from 1987 to 1991. He then moved on to become a syndicated columnist, speechwriter for the first President Bush, and then a TV and radio personality for Fox News.

Mr. Snow was the third White House press secretary under Mr. Bush, following Scott McClellan and Ari Fleischer.

Mr. Snow will leave days after a key report on progress in Iraq is delivered to Capitol Hill, along with testimony on Sept. 11-12 by Army Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker.

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