A Great Communicator

President Bush announces the appointment of Tony Snow, left, as his new press secretary, replacing Scott McClellan, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington Wednesday, April 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
AP Photo/Ron Edmonds
This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
President Bush got a new press secretary today. What does it mean? It might mean a lot.

Tony Snow is a great communicator. I said a great communicator, not the great communicator. He knows the business of print, radio and TV — all those years writing editorials, his time hosting Fox News Sunday, his radio show. Incredible preparation. And he has a sense of humor. No better weapon when trying to disarm an adversarial press corps — which they should be, by the way.

Here's the bonus though: Snow has not hesitated to be critical of the president which gives him a kind of double edged street cred.

True believers will know someone is inside pulling for the right. Right stuff. And others will know Snow won't want to be buffaloed.

A guy like Snow has chance to make a difference. But, can he be true to himself and true to the president? We'll see.

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