Affable Bear: White House Press Secretary James Brady

A press secretary with spice

The secret of Bear's Goat-Gap Texas Chili, which again this year beat out all contenders for the coveted Washington Chili Bowl Championship, is in the technique and the spices: superhot chili powder, seeded jalapeno peppers, oregano and masa harina. So it is with the press briefings of "the Bear," as Illinois-born James Brady calls himself. Even when he has nothing of substance to say, his witty affability can calm hungry reporters. At one point during the transition when he had no inside news to impart. Brady disarmed disappointed newsmen with a typical wisecrack: "I've gotten so bad...

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