John McCaslin

Newly resigned White House press secretary Tony Snow gets top billing in the latest list of "notable quotes" compiled each week by the Media Research Center.

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux: "How does the president regain the credibility that he needs to convince the American people that that's true [that the Iraq surge is working], Tony?"

Mr. Snow: "Well, you know what Suzanne, your credibility rating — journalists' credibility ratings — are lower than the president's."

Escaping fear

It so happens that "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was a favorite film of President Franklin D. Roosevelt — or so reveals the record keepers at the National Archives, where the 1937 animated feature will soon be screened as part of its Presidential Film Favorites series.

The G-rated movie, which captured an Academy Award, was Walt Disney's first full-length animated feature in color, and tells the story of a beautiful princess who finds friendship with seven dwarfs and love with a prince, but only after fleeing from her wicked stepmother.

As Roosevelt would have told the princess, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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