White House correspondents made it obvious how hardnosed their self-image is by the elaborate display they made of playing against type in their tributes to Tony Snow's return to the job as the President's press secretary. Snow, a colon cancer patient, came back to work, speechless with emotion, after undergoing liver surgery for a recurrence of his tumor. He starts a course of chemotherapy later in the week. NBC's David Gregory reminded Snow how dogged he usually is: "I think really tough questioning when you are up at the podium will probably be the best medicine for you." CBS' Jim Axelrod gave a sentimental nod to Snow's fighting spirit: "If the key to beating cancer is heart, then cancer best get ready for a whipping."
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