Bush names right-wing Fox commentator as new press flak

President Bush on Wednesday named conservative commentator Tony Snow as White House press secretary, putting a new face on a troubled administration.

Snow, a Fox news pundit and former speechwriter in the White House under Bush’s father, replaced Scott McClellan who resigned in a personnel shuffle intended to re-energize the Bush White House and lift the president’s record-low approval ratings.

“My job is to make decisions and his job is to help explain those decisions to the press corps and the American people,” Bush said, with Snow and McClellan at his side in the White House briefing room.

Snow will replace Scott McClellan, who is stepping down in a White House personnel shuffle intended to re-energize Bush’s presidency, bring in new faces and lift the president’s record-low approval ratings. McClellan had served as Bush’s chief spokesman _ the most prominent public figure in the White House after Bush _ for nearly three years.

Snow, a Fox News commentator and speech-writer in the White House under Bush’s father, has written and spoken frequently about the current president _ not always in a complimentary way.

Snow called Bush “something of an embarrassment,” a leader who has “lost control of the federal budget,” the architect of a “listless domestic policy” and a man who has “a habit of singing from the political correctness hymnal.”

Bush said he asked Snow about the critical remarks. “He said, `You should have heard what I said about the other guy.'”

“These are times that are going to be very challenging … and I’m very excited and I can’t wait, and I thank all you guys for your forebearance and I look forward to working with you,” Snow told reporters.