James Brady, press secretary of President Ronald Reagan, has died at the age of 73. Here is the Washington Post's obituary of the press secretary.
On March 30, 1981, Brady was shot during an assassination attempt against President Reagan.
This was WaPo's front page the day after President Reagan, James Brady and the others were shot. pic.twitter.com/eNwp0suvSY— J. Freedom du Lac (@jfdulac) August 4, 2014
The Post's coverage unsurprisingly devoted the most inches to the wounded president, but Brady, "the most gravely injured person," was discussed, and reports of his death were proved false.
Brady, who was five feet from the president and no further from the assailant, was the most gravely injured person. O'Leary said the assassin's bullet had passed through Brady's brain, leaving him in critical condition. Television networks reported incorrectly in late afternoon that Brady had died, but hospital officials said last evening the 40-year-old press secretary was in surgery and "fighting for his life." ... Later in the afternoon, all three television networks reported Brady's death -- only to have that report contradicted by Brady's deputy, Larry Speakes.
The White House briefing room, where Brady once sparred with many a journalist, now bears his name. Many reporters learned of the news while sitting in it.
Sitting in the Brady Press Briefing Room reading news of the passing of James Brady.— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) August 4, 2014
The man who the room was named for has reportedly passed. pic.twitter.com/IkwkyFUmRK— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) August 4, 2014
Here is a video of President Bill Clinton announcing the briefing room's new name in 2000.
When Brady returned home to Centralia, Illinois in 1983, where he had not been since being appointed press secretary, his town excitedly greeted the boy they had almost lost only two years earlier. A banner read, ''Welcome Home Jim Brady," and his 76-year-old mom made him vegetable soup, according to the New York Times.
''Jimmy asked for vegetable soup,'' Mrs. Brady said, as she tried to remain calm amid the excitement of her son's homecoming.
''I'm too excited to even tell you about it,'' she said.