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Tony Snow visits campus

Friday, November 30, 2007  
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By Michael McNutt
The Oklahoman

Asked Thursday night to give a speech about leadership and character, former White House press secretary Tony Snow talked about how President Bush exemplified both those characteristics in what he has done in Iraq.

Bush sticking with his decision to send American troops to Iraq showed the importance of going "against the stiff wind of prevailing opinion to do what you think's right for the right reason,” Snow said during an interview before his speech. "In some ways, he's beginning to be vindicated.”

Snow said Bush is smarter than he often is portrayed in the media.

"Not-bright fellows don't become president, period,” he said. "Secondly, the president is somebody who history will disclose over time is far sharper and has a far more comprehensive view, especially with global affairs, than people give him credit for. I would love for people to see that.”

Network correspondents who spend time with Bush leave impressed and wondering why they don't see more of that side of him, Snow said.

"The answer is I don't know,” he said. "The president is very careful sometimes about message discipline, and as a result people don't get to see perhaps the way he thinks through issues. The president's not a showoff. He is much more determined to try to do the right things the right way for the right reason than to sit around and try to make comedians or critics happy.”

Snow talked to about 1,300 at Oklahoma Christian University on the importance of faith and the uniqueness of American society.

Before the free event, Snow appeared at a dinner attended by about 500; tickets were $50. His appearance was sponsored by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation through the university's Academy of Leadership.

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