Bush Pays Respects to Snow

President hails late former spokesman's 'record of accomplishment'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 17, 2008 12:05 PM CDT
In this Sept. 14, 2007 file photo, on his last day as President Bush's spokesman, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow reacts as he is cheered on by a large assembly of staffers on his departure, in...   (J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE)
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(Newser) – President Bush fondly remembered Tony Snow today, telling mourners at his funeral that the conservative commentator-turned-White House press secretary "amassed a rare record of accomplishment." "He knew the job of a reporter was vigorous. He understood the profession and always treated it with respect," Bush said during a service at Washington's Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Snow's was a life that was "far too brief," the president said. Bush was accompanied to the funeral on the campus of Catholic University by some familiar faces from earlier in his presidency, including former top adviser Karl Rove and one-time chief of staff Andrew Card. Row after row at the shrine was packed with family members and friends and associates, including White House correspondents.