Back in the shark tank: ‘Lucky’ Snow re­turns to brief White House press

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - By Jon Ward

White House spokesman Tony Snow on April 30 made an emo­tional re­turn to work, just five weeks af­ter leav­ing his post for surgery that re­vealed a re­turn of his colon can­cer.

“I’m a very lucky guy,” said Mr. Snow,who­had­topause­for­se­ver­alsec­onds to com­pose him­self in his first brief­ing to the White House press corps since March 23.

Mr. Snow, 51, said he would be­gin four months of bi­weekly chemother­a­py­onMay4­totreat“somes­mall­cancers in the peri­toneum,” which is the mem­brane that lines the ab­dom­i­nal cav­ity. But he cred­ited world-class med­i­cal care and the thoughts and prayers of friends and strangers for giv­ing him hope.

“I have been blessed to be treated by [. . . ] some of the finest doc­tors in the­world,”saidMr.Snow,whoisahus­band and fa­ther of three chil­dren. “In an age like ours, things are hap­pen­ing very rapidly in the med­i­cal realm. I’m tak­ing a can­cer cock­tail this time around, a chemo cock­tail that’s go­ing to con­tain two agents that were not in broad use two years ago.”

“The de­sign is to throw it into re­mis­sio­n­and­trans­for­mit­in­toachronic dis­ease. If can­cer is merely a nui­sance for a long pe­riod of time, that’s fine with me,” Mr. Snow said.

Heal­soad­ded:“Any­body­who­does not be­lieve that thoughts and prayers makead­if­fer­ence,they’re­just­wrong.”

Mr. Snow first un­der­went surgery for colon can­cer in 2005, when he was a ra­dio talk-show host on Fox News Ra­dio. Doc­tors re­moved por­tions of his colon, and Mr. Snow re­turned to work while still un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy. Then, af­ter a se­ries of tests last fall showed a small growth in his ab­domen, Mr. Snow un­der­went surgery on March 26 that showed his can­cer had re­turned and had spread to his liver. Deputy White House spokes­woman Dana Perino filled in forMr.Snow­in­his­ab­sence,which­was ex­pected by many to last longer than just a month.

Mr. Snow’s warm wel­come lasted onlyafewmin­utes,how­ever,ashe­was im­me­di­ately hit with ques­tions about the cur­rent de­bate over whether the U.S. is win­ning or los­ing the war in Iraq, about a Wash­ing­ton, D.C. sex scan­dalthathasal­ready­brought­down a deputy sec­re­tary of state, and about crit­i­cisms of the ad­min­is­tra­tion by for­mer CIA Di­rec­tor Ge­orge J. Tenet.

But Mr. Snow also showed he was still in zinger mode, teas­ing a re­porter for ask­ing a “fol­low-up on the ques­tion I didn’t an­swer.”

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