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AMC 2007: Former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow: “There Are Raging Arguments” Within Bush’s White House
It’s all in the hands: People managing editor Larry Hackett’s (left) questions ranged from expansive to specific, but former White House press secretary Tony Snow’s responses stayed tight throughout.
For an out-of-work White House press secretary, Tony Snow remained remarkably on-message during an interview this evening by People managing editor Larry Hackett at the keynote session that opened the 2007 American Magazine Conference here in Boca Raton, Florida.
In a conversation that lasted just under an hour, including a handful of audience queries that followed a rapidfire stream of questions from Hackett, Snow — who also worked within President George H.W. Bush’s administration as director of speechwriting — held the conversational line just as strongly as he maintained it throughout his stint as press secretary.
A magazine vet who currently heads up corporate communications at a major media conglomerate marveled to us after the interview, “I was fascinated by all the questions to which [Snow] said, ‘I don’t know.’ In communications, you’re supposed to have the answer for everything.” To us, Snow’s question marks made him seem uninformed like a fox. For all the answers Snow could and (perhaps tellingly) couldn’t — and frequently wouldn’t — provide, read on.
It’s early days (or day, rather) here at Florida’s Boca Raton Resort and Club at the 2007 American Magazine Conference, but immediately upon our rain- and wind-swept entrance into the impossibly pink resort, we witnessed several things that, no matter how distinctive the magazine industry may think it is, ran pretty par for the pre-conference course.
If you’ve been wondering what Bob Schieffer has been doing in his free time since he relinquished the CBS Evening News anchor desk to Katie Couric, well, mystery solved. The tireless newsman has embarked on a second career as a member of Honky Tonk Confidential.
The band will play its first New York City gig at Hill Country, a Texas barbeque joint on West 26th Street next Wednesday, June 27 at 8:00PM in support of its latest release, Road Kill Stew. (Schieffer and co. squared off against Tony Snow‘s rock n’ rollers, Beats Workin’ in a battle of the bands earlier this year.)
Besides being the lead vocalist on “TV Anchorman” (which he also wrote), Schieffer penned three other songs on the 13-track debut CD: “Hard Choices,” “Little Lulu and Sister Hot Stuff” (“after my grand daughter,” he says) and “Long Shot Love.”
— Diane Clehane
FishbowlDC notes from last night’s Tony Snow press event in D.C.:
Re: the legendary Gregory v. Insert White House Press Secretary Here battles, Gregory said, “I don’t see it as abrow beating or debating … try to provoke him to get something close to the real deal … Follow-ups and pointed questions are appropriate … I’m trying to push him to what would be more candor than he was prepared to offer.” He later went on to add: “It’s not about me and Tony. It’s not personal. It’s about the fact that we are adversaries but not enemies. There is a natural tension there.”