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Ronald Reagan We Remember 4 the Father Funny Sayings

Ronald Wilson Reagan 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975) and prior to that, an actor.

Reagan was born in Tampico in Whiteside County, Illinois, reared in Dixon in Lee County, Illinois, and educated at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and sociology. Upon his graduation, Reagan first moved to Iowa to work as a radio broadcaster and then in 1937 to Los Angeles, California. He began a career as an actor, first in films and later television, appearing in over 50 movie productions and earning enough success to become a famous, publicly recognized figure. Some of his most notable roles are in Knute Rockne, All American and Kings Row. Reagan served as president of the Screen Actors Guild, and later spokesman for General Electric his start in politics occurred during his work for GE. Originally a member of the Democratic Party, he 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, defeating incumbent Jimmy Carter 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 1986 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. After years of unstinting praise from the right, and unrelenting criticism from the left, historian David Henry lines finds that by 2010 a consensus had emerged among scholars that Reagan revived conservatism and turned the nation to the right by demonstrating a "pragmatic conservatism" that promoted ideology within the constraints imposed by the divided political system. Furthermore, says Henry, the consensus agrees that he revived faith in the presidency and American self-confidence, and contributed critically to ending the Cold War
* 2 Military service
* 3 Entertainment career
o 3.1 Radio and film
o 3.2 Fan mail
o 3.3 SAG president and television
* 4 Marriages and children
* 5 Early political career
* 6 Governor of California, 1967–1975
* 7 1976 presidential campaign
* 8 1980 presidential campaign
* 9 Presidency, 1981–1989
o 9.1 First term, 1981–1985
+ 9.1.1 Assassination attempt
+ 9.1.2 Air traffic controllers' strike
+ 9.1.3 "Reaganomics" and the economy
+ 9.1.4 Lebanon and Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada), 1983
+ 9.1.5 Escalation of the Cold War
+ 9.1.6 1984 presidential campaign
o 9.2 Second term, 1985–1989
+ 9.2.1 War on Drugs
+ 9.2.2 Libya bombing
+ 9.2.3 Immigration
+ 9.2.4 Iran-Contra affair
+ 9.2.5 End of the Cold War
o 9.3 Health
o 9.4 Judiciary
* 10 Post-presidential years, 1989–2004
o 10.1 Alzheimer's disease
+ 10.1.1 Announcement and reaction
+ 10.1.2 Progression
* 11 Death
* 12 Legacy
o 12.1 Cold War
o 12.2 Domestic and political legacy
o 12.3 Cultural and political image
o 12.4 Honors
* 13 See also
* 14 Citations
* 15 References
* 16 Further reading
* 17 External links
o 17.1 Official sites
o 17.2 Media
o 17.3 News coverage
o 17.4 Essays and historiographies
o 17.5 Site directories

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in an apartment on the second floor of a commercial building in Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911, to John Edward "Jack" Reagan and Nelle Wilson Reagan. Reagan's father was of Irish Catholic ancestry while his mother had Scots-English ancestors.[6] Reagan had one older brother, Neil "Moon" Reagan (1908–1996), who became an advertising executive.As a boy, Reagan's father nicknamed his son "Dutch," due to his "fat little Dutchman"-like appearance, and his "Dutchboy" haircutthe nickname stuck with him throughout his youth Reagan's family briefly lived in several towns and cities in Illinois, including Monmouth, Galesburg and Chicago, until 1919, when they returned to Tampico and lived above the H.C. Pitney Variety Store. After his election as president, residing in the upstairs White House private quarters, Reagan would quip that he was "living above the store again

According to Paul Kengor, author of God and Ronald Reagan, Reagan had a particularly strong faith in the goodness of people, which stemmed from the optimistic faith of his mother, Nelle,and the Disciples of Christ faithwhich he was baptized into in 1922 For the time, Reagan was unusual in his opposition to racial discrimination, and recalled a time in Dixon when the local inn would not allow black people to stay there. Reagan brought them back to his house, where his mother invited them to stay the night and have breakfast the next morning

Following the closure of the Pitney Store in late 1920, the Reagans moved to Dixon the midwestern "small universe" had a lasting impression on Reagan He attended Dixon High School where he developed interests in acting, sports, and storytelling. His first job was as a lifeguard at the Rock River in Lowell Park, near Dixon, in 1926. Reagan performed 77 rescues as a lifeguard, noting that he notched a mark on a wooden log for every life he saved Reagan attended Eureka College, where he became a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and majored in economics and sociology. He developed a reputation as a jack of all trades, excelling in campus politics, sports and theater. He was a member of the football team, captain of the swim team and was elected student body president. As student president, Reagan notably led a student revolt against the college president after he tried to cut back the faculty
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