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September 21, 2006

If you're happy and you know it ... host a press conference.

According to's "Yeas and Nays" column, there has been 330 percent more laughter during briefings under new White House Press Secretary Tony Snow than under his predecessor, Scott McClellan.

Snow attributes the increased levity to the fact that that he thinks the job "is a blast. ... I love the job, and I think that's part of it."

"It's not that Tony's necessarily a laugh riot," said Ron Hutcheson, who covers the White House for McClatchy newspapers. "But he engages, and it's a lot more fun to be in the room with somebody who's engaging reporters." Hutcheson says that McClellan, on the other hand, "was just cautious, cautious to a fault. He would retreat to the talking points and it was almost as if he didn't listen to the question."

Is Snow being intentionally humorous or is he just a natural? "I do like to have fun," Snow was quoted as saying, "But you don't want to be doing stand-up as the spokesperson of the president."


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