Slim and bespectacled, Elmendorf could play a college professor on TV. “A quiet man who thinks carefully about everything,” the New York Times once said of him. Indeed, he deliberately chose a baseball game for one of his first dates with his future wife. “You want to be sure there’s something going on to fill the lull in the conversation but not like a movie where you can’t talk,” he explained.
That is from David Wessel’s Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget, which I enjoyed very much.