Ex-W.H. press secretary Tony Snow dies

Ex-White House press secretary Tony Snow has died aged 53 after a second bout with cancer. He worked in the Bush administration for 17 months, replacing Scott McClellan in 2006.

Reactions have come in from around Washington. CNN reports the following quotes:

Snow’s successor, Dana Perino, issuing a statement for the White House:

“The White House is so deeply saddened by this loss. He was a great friend and colleague and a fantastic press secretary. And his dear family is in our thoughts and prayers.”

President George W. Bush and the first lady said they were “deeply saddened” and issued a statement:

“The Snow family has lost a beloved husband and father. And America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character. It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day.”

Representative John Boehner (R-OH/Cincinnati):

“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.”

Presidential candidate and Senator John McCain (R-AZ):

“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. … His fight [with cancer] served as an inspiration to all Americans. In the coming days, we will celebrate the life of a truly great and generous man.”

Awaiting response, if any, from Senator Barack Obama.

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