The last time I saw Tony Snow.
I really shouldn’t say anything about him.
We disagreed so fundamentally, on
Just about everything.
But the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad reminded
Us of a promise, that we would have
Money, Luxury, Good Homes, and Friendship in all walks of life.
I bear Him witness.
The Promise is true.
The last time I saw Tony.
Tony Snow was Press Secretary
For the President of the United States of America,
George W. Bush.
Some say the “W” stands for the “Worst” President in U.S. history.
But I owe Tony Snow my respect
Because he honored a fraternal bond.
Friendship in all walks of life.
You see, when Tony Snow first moved to Washington, DC.
We often appeared together as panelists on “Evening Exchange.”
The show aired on Howard University’s PBS Television station.
After he became Press Secretary,
he remembered the show. He remembered me.
It was his first TV news panel show
He reminded me after his first briefing as
Press Secretary, in the
James Brady Briefing Room.
The last time I saw Tony Snow
Was in 2007. Friday, March 23rd.
My White House press pass
Was due to expire eight days later.
I wrote a letter and was delivering it by hand
To plead with my friend,
“Please spare my press pass.”
But in truth, I had stopped attending White House events.
Mr. Bush was still President after all.
The White House is really
Something of a News Free Zone.
But that day I was headed toward the West Wing
While I still had unfettered access to the White House grounds
When I saw Tony Snow walking east
In Lafayette Park.It was to be his last day
Before undergoing cancer treatment.
He was on his way to get a haircut, he said.
Could we say a prayer together for your health? I asked.
Yes. He said.
We held hands right there,
Right in Lafayette Square,
A stone’s throw from the White House
And I bowed my head and said:
“Oh, God Allah, Who is our Lord in Heaven,
Thy Name is blessed.
Thy Will controls the Heavens
And the Earth.”
I stumbled until I remembered all the words.
“May Thy Mercy come upon us
On Earth as it is in Heaven.
Forgive us the wrongdoing and sins
We have done. Thou art the Lord
Of the Good ones.
Let Thy mercy descend upon us
And send a cure from Thee
To relieve this pain. Amen.”
He said thank you.
It was the prayer we prayed
When Minister Farrakhan
Was recuperating from a 14-hour
Surgical procedure during his cancer recovery.
I told him about wanting to renew my press pass.
I gave him my letter.
He said: “I’ll work on it Askia.”
I said: “Thanks Tony.”
My press pass expired March 31, 2007 as it probably needed to do.
But Tony Snow was treated, and a few months later
Was back at the White House
Looking as healthy as ever.
Tony Snow joined the ancestors July 11, 2008.