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Reagan Presidential Character
Transcript of Reagan Presidential Character
overcome by personality Reacts as opposed to Acts "Superficially" optimistic President Reagan's Character, Style, and World View Character Style Worldview Courageous Decency Strong Moral Compass Champion of family values Natural philosophy was one that looked with optimism towards the future - Specifically Reagan's worldview rested in his optimism for the uniquely American type of government 1984 Campaign Video - Rhetoric: - Reagan's presidency was characterized by his natural ability to speak to large audiences
fluently and powerfully. Reagan's rhetoric was his strongest area of expertise - Reagan was an expressive speaker who delivered his speeches in informal language,
allowing ordinary people to comprehend his message Spoke encouragingly of the future, and spoke of his optimism for the nation His style was based upon his surface image as the "Great Communicator" "New freedom in our lives has planted the rich seeds for future success: For an America of wisdom that honors the family, knowing that if the family goes, so goes our civilization; For an America of vision that sees tomorrow's dreams in the learning and hard work we do today. . ." Ronald Reagan, State of the Union Address, 1985 Had the ability to connect to people through his speeches "There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right." Ronald Reagan, Political oratory on behalf of Barry Goldwater's Presidential campaign, 1964 Where he lacked in the personal relations and homework aspect of his presidency, he excelled in rhetoric by maximizing the power of persuasive language President Reagan's Early Life Born on February 6th, 1911 in Illinois Father was a shoe salesman, moved around often Graduated from Dixon High and Eureka College 1937 signed a 7-year contract with Warner Brothers 1947 became president of the Screen Actor's Guild 1966 became governor of California, served two terms 1980, at age 69 won Presidency (oldest president at the time) Personality-Shaping Experiences The New Deal As a child, Reagan's father lost his job as a shoemaker, but was able to find a new one with the aid of FDR's New Deal programs.
Instilled within Reagan a love for FDR and the Democratic party Warner Brothers The seven-year contract with Warner Bros began his life as a Hollywood star, later leading him to be elected as the President of the Screen Actor's Guild.
This experience with learning how to perform and be an orator helped prepare him for his rhetoric-based presidency. Republican Party Switch After the War, Reagan favored Eisenhower and Nixon
Gave a speech about Barry Goldwater (right-wing extremist)
Maintained this party affiliation, leading him to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980. Governor of California Easily won the position of governor by having a smear campaign (discrediting the opposition by making false accusations)
and promising tax cuts
Being governor of such an influential state established him as one of the nation's leading conservative figures Assassination Attempt March 30th, 1981
Treated the near-death situation lightly, highlighting his kind-hearted sense of humor Campaign for Presidency Aggressively campaigned against incumbent Ford by promising to reduce the size of government,
restore traditional values, and rebuild the military
- Spoke of mainstream American issues Iran Contra Affair Despite repeated denials to Congress and the public, the Reagan Administration supported the violent contra rebels in Nicaragua and sold arms to a belligerent Iranian government Conclusion: Patterns that characterized Reagan's Life Engagement in the public but disengagement with his family Courage Intellectual Courage Emotional Courage and Had the courage to do what he thought was right for the country Liberal to Conservative:
- Initially an ardent support of FDR and the New Deal, but when he began believing in the conservative view of matters, he supported Goldwater in 1964 For his first presidential campaign, he ran hard against incumbent Ford
Even after losing five primaries and being in 2 million dollars worth of campaign debt, Reagan kept on, and decided to give a speech on the National Defense
Because of his tough determination, he took the presidency from Ford Conclusion Through Reagan's passion for the people and in turn the love the nation had for him, Reagan resurrected the Republican Party, and breathed much-needed optimism back into America. Works Cited
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youtube.com/watch?v=EU-IBF8nwSY Seeks to make people happy Articles/Writing:
Author, unknown. “State of the Union Address (February 6, 1985) Ronald Wilson Reagan.” Miller Center. University of Virginia, n.d. Web. 31 January 2013. < http://millercenter.org/president/speeches/detail/5681>.
Barber, James. "The Presidential Character." American Government: Readings and Cases. Ed. Reid Hester. 19th ed. Glenview, IL: Pearson Education, 2012. 277-288. Print.
Cannon, Lou. “Why Reagan was the ‘Great Communicator’.” Editorial/Opinion. USA TODAY, 6 June 2004. Web. 31 January 2013. < http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2004-06-06-cannon_x.htmhttp://millercenter.org/president/speeches/detail/3405>."Ronald Reagan's Fourth State of the Union Speech." Wikisource, The Free Library. Wikisource, The Free Library, 2 May. 2011. Web. 1 Feb. 2013. <http://en.wikisource.org/w/index.php?title=Ronald_Reagan%27s_Fourth_State_of_the_Union_Speech&oldid=2821687>.
Noonan, Peggy. “Ronald Reagan.” Character Above All. PBS, n.d. Web. 31 January 2013. <http://www.pbs.org/newshour/character/essays/reagan.html>.
Unknown, Author. “Understanding the Iran-Contra Affairs.” Research and Understanding. Brown, n.d. Web. 31 January 2013. <http://www.brown.edu/Research/Understanding_the_Iran_Contra_Affair/index.php>. Unknown, Author. “Ronald Reagan Biography.” Bio True Story. N+E Networks, n.d. Web. 31 January 2013. <http://www.biography.com/people/ronald-reagan-9453198?page=1>. Unknown, Author. “Reagan, ‘Evil Empire,’ Speech Text.” Voices of Democracy. The Center for Democratic Deliberation, n.d. Web. 31 January 2013. <http://voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu/reagan-evil-empire-speech-text/>. Easily persuaded More confident in his work sector as opposed to his family sector Extremely confident in the country Optimistic about the world as a whole Problems Coming Into the Office Losing Faith in the Presidency John F. Kennedy assassination
Lyndon Johnson and the Cold War
Jimmy Carter was not inspiring to the people Reagan had to bring in excitement and optimism about the institution Reagan knew the he needed to make peopel like the President again How did he intersect with the power situation he faced and the national climate of expectations at the time? Completely against communism World Issues Signed INF- Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty Gas Crisis Speech at the Berlin wall Barber's Scheme Reagan's Presidency with Mikhail Gorbachev Iranian Revolution "Evil Empire" Stock market crash “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Ronald Reagan, Speech at the Berlin Wall Impact on the Office:
Ronald Reagan had an incredibly positive impact on the office. He left office with an approval rating of 70%, higher than any president since FDR. After years of economic instability, Reagan managed to revitalize the spirit of the nation, and bring back not only a more stable economy, but the faith of the people in their government as well. Reagan was known as "The Great Communicator" because of his ability to connect with the nation. Reagan's presidency goes to show how much the people valued someone with the ability to communicate well. While Reagan's list of accomplishments may not be the longest, his charismatic status as a celebrity president gave him a huge boost when it came to spreading optimism among the nation. Undiminished optimism and spirit for America Buckley, William F., and Gore Vidal. "James David Barber's The Presidential Character: Predicting Performance in the White House.." http://academic.regis.edu/. N.p.. Web. 31 Jan 2013. <http://academic.regis.edu/jriley/414 presidential_character.htm>.