[Treasury Secretary Nicholas F. Brady] is bland on television and awkward as a public speaker. In a city of bombast and pomposity, Mr. Brady is unusually gentle and modest, a man who can and often does enter a restaurant or a large party unrecognized. At international meetings, he has taken pains not to stand out from the ministers of other countries. . . .Note: You may download the Grammar eBook Build Your Vocabulary and get all 406 vocabulary words.
''In all my years in Washington,'' said an admirer who has served here in several different capacities in the Government over the last 35 years, ''I don't recall a Treasury Secretary as diffident as Brady.''
—David E. Rosenbaum “The Treasury's ‘Mr. Diffident’” New York Times, November 19, 1989