Former Bush press secretary Snow, sick, cancels Ohio speech
ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — Former White House press secretary Tony Snow, diagnosed with cancer three years ago, canceled a speaking appearance at Ohio’s Ashland University because of an unspecified illness, the university announced Wednesday.
The university said Snow’s doctors have told him he cannot travel, and that Snow will be replaced by the president’s brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, at Thursday’s fundraising dinner for the Ashbrook Scholar program.
Snow, 52, joined CNN as a conservative commentator in April. He became White House press secretary in April 2006 and served until last August.
In 2005, Snow had his colon removed and was diagnosed with cancer. In March 2007, he underwent surgery to remove a growth in his abdominal area. Doctors determined it was a recurrence of his cancer.
Ashland had no details on Snow’s illness and CNN’s public relations department had no immediate comment Wednesday.
GW Bush had 3 strong press secretaries - Ari Fleischer, Tony Snow and Dana Perino. Scott McLellan always seemed to have been an "affirmative action" one, something no President can really afford.
This is NOT good. Tony admitted he lost weight during the last hospitalization for nearly one week in Washington state about a month ago, but wouldn't specify the problem. Not good at all...
I hope it was not a premonition.
Prayers going up for a Very Good Man.
Oh, my. I hope it’s not another recurrence of his cancer. I’ll keep Tony in my prayers.