Tony Snow

The White House press corps is a temperamental group, and by the spring of 2006 its attitude toward George W. Bush and his past two press secretaries was, at best, hostile: the first, Ari Fleischer, had proved capable but combative; the second, Scott McClellan, had inadvertently misled the press about the White House's role in the leak of a CIA officer's identity.

It took a particular kind of character to walk into that environment and attempt to turn it around. It's hard to imagine anyone could have done it better than Tony Snow, who died July 12 at age 53 after...

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