Current White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Monday praised one of his predecessors, the late James Brady, for leaving a “legacy” to which all future administration spokesmen aspire.
Brady passed away Monday at the age of 73. He was shot during the 1981 assassination attempt against President Reagan and afterwards became a driving force for gun control.
The White House press briefing room is named in his honor.
“He is somebody who really revolutionized this job and even after he was wounded in that attack on the president was somebody who showed his patriotism and commitment to the country be being very outspoken on an issue that was very important to him,” Mr. Earnest said moments after the news of Brady’s death broke. “He leaves the kind of legacy this press secretary and all future press secretaries aspire to live up to.”