Kentucky loses a great native son -- RIP Tony Snow
We were saddened at the unexpected news this morning of Tony Snow's passing. Snow, the former White House press secretary and well-known political commentator before that, died after losing his long-running battle with cancer at the age of 53.
Unknown to many, Snow was a Kentuckian. He was born in Berea and spent a good portion of his childhood in the Northern Kentucky area before his family settled across the river in Cincinnati.
Snow's decline in health had not been reported in the media. During his most recent conversations with friends and fellow conservatives Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, Snow said that he was doing well and fighting the good fight against his cancer. The disease is a wicked competitor, though, and in the end medical science and Snow's own cheerful personality and spunky spirit wasn't enough to overcome the killer illness.
We missed Snow when he left Fox News to work in the White House, but we always enjoyed hearing his press briefings -- where he constantly challenged the cadre of liberal reporters assembled before him -- and his interviews with hosts like Limbaugh and Hannity.
Today Kentucky mourns an accomplished and respected native son, and we join with Tony Snow's family and friends in mourning and express our individual and collective sympathy to them.