Tony Snow of Fox News taking job of White House press secretary

President Bush introduced Fox News commentator Tony Snow as his new press secretary today, replacing the outgoing Scott McClellan.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Bush said Snow is “not afraid to express his own opinions.”

“For those of you who’ve read his columns and listened to his radio show, he sometimes has disagreed with me,” Bush said. “I asked him about those comments, and he said, ‘You should have heard what I said about the other guy.'”

The Washington Post reports Snow accepted the job after being assured by top officials that “he would be not just a spokesman but an active participant in administration policy debates.”

Snow told the White House press corps this morning one of the reasons he took the job is “not only because I believe in the president, because, believe it or not, I want to work with you. ”

“These are times that are going to be very challenging,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of big issues ahead and we’ve got a lot of important things that all of us are going to be covering together. And I am very excited and I can’t wait. ”

Snow, a former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush, is the first Washington pundit to become the White House’s top media voice, though others, including Clinton press secretary George Stephanopoulos, have become pundits after holding the communications position.

“President Bush hates responding to the press, hates responding to political enemies – he thinks it’s beneath him,” Snow said on Fox News in March, reports the Post. “He’s got a stubborn streak.”

He said at the time Bush needed “a series of vigorous defenses” of his position.

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