President Bush on Sunday fondly recalled Tony Snow, his former spokesman who died after a spirited fight against cancer.
"He had a wonderful sense of humor," Bush told reporters after returning to the White House from a weekend at his Camp David retreat. "He loved to laugh. He loved his country. And he loved his family."
Snow died of colon cancer Saturday at age 53. He is survived by his wife, Jill, and their three children.
The president described Snow as a smart, capable man of good values. Bush said that he and first lady Laura Bush offered Snow's family his prayers.
"I just hope they understand that Tony was loved here in the White House," Bush said with his wife by his side.