President Reagan, many loved, and a symbol they fought against
President Reagan was a complex actor whose career began playing to a simpler audience in simpler times, perhaps, though who evolved into complex roles with increasing appeal and ability to command smart people to do his bidding. Let me break that down.
He was the handsome and wholesome American image. He aligned with the working man. He represented organized labor as a leader of the actors union, for instance.
One interesting thing about Ronald Reagan, he is the only President who could say that he was a member of both the Democrat and Republican Parties.
“Filmmaker: HBO Documentary "Reagan" Will Surprise Many Americans
By Hollie McKay
“One of the great myths about Reagan was that he was an amicable dunce – a guy that floated his years throughout the White House and was just the puppet of smarter men. That could not be farther from the truth from what I saw in getting to know Reagan very intimately through the footage and interviews that I did with people who knew and loved him and worked with him, and also people who were very critical of him,” Jarecki said. “He was a shrewd thinker in many ways, and far smarter than people gave him credit for. He was also a man with blind spots and shortcomings. But the idea that he was just a figurehead and not the driving force of his presidency is to not understand that he was really the driving force of a massive life that began with small town roots and ended up in the most powerful office in the world and arguably one of the greatest presidential legacies in the world. That did not happen by accident.”
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Ronald Wilson Reagan
Born: February 6, 1911, Tampico, Illinois
1937, Actor, Los Angeles California
Union Leader: Reagan served as president of the Screen Actors Guild
Corporate spokesman: for General Electric (GE); his start in politics occurred during his work for GE.
Party Affiliations: All
Originally a member of the Democratic Party
Switched to the Republican Party in 1962
After delivering a rousing speech in support of Barry Goldwater's presidential candidacy in 1964, he was persuaded to seek the California governorship, winning two years later and again in 1970. He was defeated in his run for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968 as well as 1976, but won both the nomination and election in 1980.
As president, Reagan implemented sweeping new political and economic initiatives. His supply-side economic policies, dubbed "Reaganomics," advocated reducing tax rates to spur economic growth, controlling the money supply to reduce inflation, deregulation of the economy, and reducing government spending. In his first term he survived an assassination attempt, took a hard line against labor unions, and ordered military actions in Grenada.
He was reelected in a landslide in 1984, proclaiming it was "Morning in America." His second term was primarily marked by foreign matters, such as the ending of the Cold War, the bombing of Libya, and the revelation of the Iran-Contra affair. Publicly describing the Soviet Union as an "evil empire," he supported anti-Communist movements worldwide and spent his first term forgoing the strategy of détente by ordering a massive military buildup in an arms race with the USSR. Reagan negotiated with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, culminating in the INF Treaty and the decrease of both countries' nuclear arsenals.
Reagan left office in 1989. In 1994, the former president disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease earlier in the year; he died ten years later at the age of 93. He ranks highly in public opinion polls of U.S. Presidents, and is a conservative icon.
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