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>UPDATE, from TVNewser:
One person not in attendance: the dean of the White House press corps, Helen Thomas. Insiders tell us 87-year-old Thomas, who has covered every president since Kennedy, has not been feeling well the past few weeks. Her seat in the front row will be empty.
From a pool report just filed by the New York Times’ Steven Lee Myers:
After the president made his statement in the Rose Garden, he boarded the motorcade with Laura Bush and departed at 1:23. At one point the presidential limousine, with an escort but in normal traffic because this was an “off the record” trip, pulled beside a Tourmobile but just at the moment most of those aboard seemed concentrated on the Jefferson Memorial.
The motorcade proceeded uneventfully down the George Washington Parkway, drove, stop and go, through Alexandria and passed the Beltway before turning off and winding to the Snow home. The press office asked the pool not to make public the address. The motorcade arrived at 2:10, and the pool is now holding in the vans.
In addition, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino addressed the passing of her predecessor during today’s White House press briefing:
MS. PERINO: Hello, everybody. First I’d like to spend a moment just sharing a word about our friend and former White House Press Secretary, Tony Snow. We appreciate all of the emails and outreach that you did to me and for Jill and the children this week — this weekend, after we got the terrible news about his death on Saturday morning.
President Bush always says that you never know what sort of hand you’re going to be dealt with, and sometimes you’re dealt a hand that you didn’t expect and that you don’t want to play, but that you have to play it. And I think all of us can agree that Tony Snow played his cards to the best of his ability and in a way that we would all aspire to.
During his first White House press briefing on May 16, 2006, Tony said, “I feel every day is a blessing,” and throughout the next 16 months people around the world witnessed him live up to the statement.
At this podium, Tony was a passionate advocate of the President’s policies, a devoted public servant, and a true gentleman. He was also a lot of fun. He greeted each day with enthusiasm and each question with a smile — but I think he usually won out in the arguments.
During his last briefing on September 12, 2007, Tony said, “This job has been the most fun I ever had.” And most importantly, Tony always made clear that his family came first, and that’s why today our thoughts and prayers are with Jill and his three lovely children, Kendall, Robbie and Kristi.
And as I announced this morning, the funeral service will be on Thursday, July 17th, at Catholic University, at the Basilica. The President and Mrs. Bush will attend.
Another sad loss for Washington journalists and Americans everywhere: Tony Snow passed away today after his long bout with cancer. “Snow died at 2 a.m. at Georgetown University Hospital, according to former employer Fox News,” writes the AP.
Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend, Tony Snow. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Jill, and their children, Kendall, Robbie, and Kristi. The Snow family has lost a beloved husband and father. And America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character.
Tony was one of our Nation’s finest writers and commentators. He earned a loyal following with incisive radio and television broadcasts. He was a gifted speechwriter who served in my father’s Administration. And I was thrilled when he agreed to return to the White House to serve as my Press Secretary. It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day. He brought wit, grace, and a great love of country to his work. His colleagues will cherish memories of his energetic personality and relentless good humor.
All of us here at the White House will miss Tony, as will the millions of Americans he inspired with his brave struggle against cancer. One of the things that sustained Tony Snow was his faith – and Laura and I join people across our country in praying that this good man has now found comfort in the arms of his Creator.
TVNewser notes Tony Snow’s final interview, which was on CNN.
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It’s the end of an era, in many ways: FishbowlDC has learned that long-time White House reporter Trude Feldman will no longer cover the White House: The White House canceled her pass.
The frail and diminutive Feldman was a regular presence at the White House and certainly did her part to contribute to the notion that the White House press corps is full of characters.
Feldman was frequently cited in White House transcripts as being associated with “Trans Services” but she was perhaps most famous for the fact that, well, no one really knew for whom she worked or where he work appeared.
John Gizzi once praised Tony Snow by recalling the attention he paid to Feldman:
Bounding back up the stairs and into the room to retrieve it, I found — to my surprise — Tony all alone with Trudy Feldman, whose outlets for columns are a mystery to most in the press corps. But Tony Snow was in no hurry and gave her the attention he would a network bureau chief.
Martha Brant wrote this in 2003:
Only the peculiar club of White House press secretaries really understands what it’s like to work both sides. They don’t get together very often. Maybe once a year they’ll see each other at academic panels or charity events. When they do, they often talk about the reporters who plagued them. “I don’t think you could put five of us in a room for more than an hour without sooner or later the conversation circling back to Trudy Feldman,” says Clinton’s Jake Siewert, who now works at Alcoa. Feldman, who worked for several small publications but was a big headache, rivals only Helen Thomas in their reveries.
Gerald Ford’s press secretary, Ron Nessen, who was also on the panel, noted that there are three things that haven’t changed in the 30 years since he manned the podium: reporters Helen Thomas, Les Kinsolving and Trudy Feldman.
She did occasionally score an interview, like this one with Bill Clinton (taken from the September 29, 1998 Jerusalem Post):
“What has really been helpful to me in the last several months, and particularly in the last few weeks, is religious guidance that I have been given about atonement from the Yom Kippur liturgy, to remind me that while it is unusual for the president to be in a public situation like this, the fundamental truth is that the human condition – with its frailties and propensity to sin – is something I do share with others,” Clinton said in an interview last week with Trudy Feldman, a White House-based journalist, that was published in The Washington Post.
Or Ronald Reagan (taken from October 30, 1981 Washington Post):
In an interview two weeks ago with journalist Trudy Feldman, Reagan raised the possiblity of PLO participation in such talks, although he stated the standard caveat that the organization must first recognize Israel’s right to exist.
And in 2002, President George W. Bush joked with the short Trude:
President Bush. I can’t see you. Trudy [Trudy Feldman, Trans Features], you’re blocking her vision.
ABC’s Ann Compton (also president of the White House Correspondents’ Association) told FishbowlDC: “White House reporters have long heard of her tenacity in trying to reach administration officials. Dora Bush said that she and her husband once changed their home phone number and the first call they got on their new number was Trude.”
For the record: Although she is cited in White House transcripts (and in the news reports above) as “Trudy Feldman,” her official name is “Trude B. Feldman” and her last association was with the World Tribune Company.
Trude B. Feldman, a veteran White House and State Department correspondent, met Gerald R. Ford when he was a congressman. She also covered his vice presidency and presidency and has often interviewed him since he left the presidency. Ms. Feldman has interviewed every U.S. president since Lyndon B. Johnson; and every U.S. vice president from Hubert H. Humphrey to Al Gore. She is a contributing editor for World Tribune.com.
Happy trails, Trude.
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