Press: Some closing words from Jody

Powell's reflections on four years of truth and tears

Jody Powell has been one of the most popular and trusted presidential press secretaries ever to match wits and wisecracks with the White House press corps. Last week, while a cheery fire crackled in his spacious West Wing office, a philosophical Powell sat down with TIME Correspondent Johanna McGeary to reflect on the job he will soon leave and on his performance in it.

He still dresses in the gray three-piece suits and plain white shirts he favored for official appearances, but his desk is no longer piled high with scrawl-covered yellow legal pads,...

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