Snow Sets Departure Date

After weeks of rumors, press secretary will step down next month
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2007 2:01 PM CDT
White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, right, speaks, after President Bush, center, announced in the White House press room in Washington, Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, that Snow is leaving his job as White...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After weeks of rumors about his departure, White House press secretary Tony Snow gave his two weeks' notice today. Snow, who has battled colon cancer since 2005, made it clear he was leaving for financial and not health reasons, CNN reports. "I love you," President Bush told Snow, "and I wish you all the best."

Dana Perino, Snow's deputy, will replace him. The former Fox News anchor and talk-radio host took a substantial pay cut to join the West Wing staff; he said he doesn't plan to return to broadcasting full-time. Snow ended on an upbeat note: "This job has been a dream for me--and a blast." (Read more Tony Snow stories.)