Michael's Dispatches

A Great American

13 July 2008

The news came to me in Nepal that Tony Snow had died. The words came with a jolt followed by sorrow. The best that can be said about any American is that he died in service to the people of the United States of America, and to our friends beyond our borders. Tony Snow did just that. Though Tony must have been in pain, his correspondence to me was always upbeat and positive and wise. The President chose well with Tony. He will be missed, but his service will be felt. Tony Snow was a Great American, whose spirit is stronger now than ever before.

 

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# mary g 2008-07-13 16:49
As usual, you said it best.
Tony was a real friend to our country and to all who love freedom.

God bless his family.
God bless you, your friends and your allies.
a soldier's mom
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# Paul Clay III 2008-07-13 20:56
As with all great Americans, Tony was at his best when he was doing the things he loved. A man of passion and strong belief. I never had a chance to meet him in person, but I feel as if I have known him all my life. He truly exemplified what it means to be an American.

He will be sorely missed.

Thank you for recognizing his life.

God Bless Tony and you, Michael.
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# flipper13 2008-07-14 00:41
You'll be missed Tony! Such elegance and grace is hard to find in journalism these days. Thanks for the memories and uplifting words. Rest in peace. s
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# Jenda 2008-07-14 03:42
Well said. It speaks well fo you both that you corresponded.
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# Dianna 2008-07-14 05:54
Thank you for telling us a little something about Tony. He really did inspire by example, one of the few true gentlemen left. He will be missed.

God Bless you Michael! God Bless you too Tony, and your whole family!
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# Mitch Berg 2008-07-14 16:05
Well said. It speaks well fo you both that you corresponded.

That's the thing about Snow - he corresponded with everyone. When he was first diagnosed, I - a blogger and obscure weekend talk show host - sent him a simple email, explainign who I was and that my and my family's hopes and prayers were with him. I expected nothing back - he was a busy guy with a bunch of kids and cancer.

He sent back an email that was not long, but clearly responded thoughtfully to what I'd said. As an individual.

Beyond that? A friend of mine - a liberal and NOT a Snow fan - sent an email saying "I disagree with you, but I wish you the best". Snow sent back an extremely gracious email saying "coming from someone who disagrees, this means a lot".

An amazingly classy guy. I'd love to live up to his example in so many ways. We should all be so lucky.
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# Sandy Salt 2008-07-14 16:07
Thank you for showing how wonderful and caring Tony Snow was and not everthing in the Bush White House was bad and evil. God Bless and Keep Safe.
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# Winston 2008-07-15 05:59
He'll be missed. It was a very sad weekend :-(
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# MsUnderestimated 2008-07-15 17:45
Michael, it does not surprise me that you and Tony corresponded. In fact, once I re-read that part of your post the second time, I thought "that's so excellent!" Like others have expressed here, I felt like I knew Tony my whole life, even though I never met him. He was the epitomy of what it means to be an exemplary human being, with a kind and caring soul.

The world will be poorer without him, yet richer for having had him in our lives, be it so briefly.

God bless you, Michael, and please take care of yourself. And Godspeed to Tony Snow, and bless his wife, Jill and their kids.

Ruth
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# Grace P 2008-08-12 19:23
Thank you Michael for sharing your thoughts about Tony Snow. I was privileged to speak to him on his radio show years ago and I miss his smile and wisdom every Sunday. He was a true gentleman and wonderful family man. May he rest in peace.
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