Reagan Being Good on Television Made a Difference

Ronald Reagan served eight years in the White House, winning re-election in 1984. And he always was underestimated by liberals—and much of the press—as just a smooth-talking actor.

A 2017 Washington Post story pointed out:

At the end of his presidency, Ronald Reagan confessed to David Brinkley of ABC News that “there have been times in this office when I wondered how you could do the job if you hadn’t been an actor.”

It’s a signal moment in “The Reagan Show,” a documentary gleaned from endless hours of White House archival footage. The comment underscores how the former B-movie cowboy forever altered the nation’s highest office with his savvy use of the televised image.

In hindsight, the filmmakers suggest, this also anticipated the arrival of Donald Trump in the Oval Office

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