An astute and well-loved FamousDC tipster discovered a particularly powerful, historical memo written by journalist, anchor, columnist, radio host, musician and third White House Press Secretary under George W. Bush, Tony Snow.
This was written for all “White House newcomers” before Bush’s inauguration, but it’s a good reminder for all of us in D.C. whose lives are up-close and personal with the three branches of government every day.
“George W. Bush has moved in, bringing new people full of happiness and hope. For those White House newcomers, I offer a few pieces of kindly advice.
“First, keep a level head, because if you lose your humility, somebody will return it with compound interest, almost certainly in front of TV cameras.
First, keep a level head, because if you lose your humility, somebody will return it with compound interest, almost certainly in front of TV cameras.
“Second, realize that in Washington you can’t take friendship personally. The people kissing up to you now will ignore you when you leave the president’s employ.
“Third, understand that in this town the urgent overwhelms the important. Today’s crisis is tomorrow’s footnote.
“Fourth, remember who’s in charge. You are a wart on history’s nose. The president’s the one who counts.
“And finally, have fun, because before long, you’ll be back where you started, among the tourists looking through the gates at that magical, historical house where Lincoln still walks at night and our highest hopes and dreams reside.
“That’s it for today. we’re going to leave you with sights and sounds from the inauguration of our 43rd president, George W. Bush.”
Below is a photo of the original memo from our tipster below.