Oldest President ever to be elected at 69 years of age


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Oldest President ever to be elected at 69 years of age

  • Oldest President ever to be elected at 69 years of age

  • As a master humorist, the president used his story telling ability to me a point, deflect criticism, and win over doubters

  • To avoid long interviews with the press, he took questions with his helicopter roaring in the background

  • Ronald Reagan envisioned a smaller government, a greater America



Born Feb. 6, 1911

  • Born Feb. 6, 1911

  • Attended Eureka College

  • President of the Screen Actors Guild

  • His First Wife Jane Wyman had two children, Maureen and Michael

  • Second Wife, Nancy Davis, had two children, Patricia and Ronald



  • Although Reagan began his political life as a Democrat, by 1962 he found his home in the Republican Party.

  • In 1966 he became the governor of California.

    • Had trouble meeting his goals for cutting the size of government
    • After two terms as governor, he wanted to run for the presidency
  • Reagan was the hero of a growing movement called the New Right.

  • His powerful personality, optimism, and acting skills drew many Americans—even Democrats—to his side.







  • Goldwater speech 1964





Elected President in 1980 and in 1984

  • Elected President in 1980 and in 1984

  • Governor of California 1966-1974

  • Restored Prosperity with his “Reagan Style” of Government

  • His Foreign Policy was “Peace through Strength”

  • Largest Income Tax Cut in United States History



Republicans believe that every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe that everyday is April 15th.

  • Republicans believe that every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe that everyday is April 15th.

  • When I’ve heard all I need to make a decision, I don’t take a vote. I make a decision.

  • The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.













Strong Defense

  • Strong Defense

  • Cut taxes

  • Cut Spending

  • Balance the Budget



New Deal Coalition

  • New Deal Coalition

  • Democratic South

  • African-Americans

  • Union members

  • Urban North

  • Immigrant/newer ethnic groups

  • Farmers



LBJ Model



Reagan Model

  • Reagan Model

  • Pres People Congress



Bully Pulpit

  • Bully Pulpit

  • Stage Events in Controlled Settings

  • Feed the Media

  • Consistency of Message

  • Selling the President

  • Popularity is Power



Berlin 1987

  • Berlin 1987



Comparison to other scandals



Private US $

  • Private US $

  • Foreign Gov’t $

  • $$$

  • Hostages

  • weapons

  • weapons



Supply-side Economics

  • Supply-side Economics

  • Tax cuts and business incentives stimulate investment.

  • Investment encourages economic growth.

  • A growing economy results in more goods and services.

  • Theory appealed to conservatives who supported free enterprise and minimal government regulation.





Reagan’s plan for tax and spending cuts

  • Reagan’s plan for tax and spending cuts

  • Two goals

  • Based on supply-side economics

    • A theory that says breaks for businesses will increase supply of goods and services, aiding the economy


  • From: ARMING AMERICA: Attention and Inertia in U.S. National Security Spending http://dept.lamar.edu/polisci/TRUE/True_art_tlp.html



  • From, US Dept of Defense, Soviet Military Power, 1987: http://www.fas.org/irp/dia/product/smp_87_ch2.htm



Reagan’s SDI speech, March 23, 1983

  • Reagan’s SDI speech, March 23, 1983

  • From: http://www.milnet.com/pentagon/spacecom/sdi.gif



Arms Export Control Acts

  • Arms Export Control Acts

  • No arms sales to nations determined to be sponsors of terrorism (US State Dept determines which nations fit into this category; it included Iran)

  • No arms sales of over $25 m in value without congressional approval (1974); A 1976 bill lowered this to $14 m for sophisticated weaponry and $50 m for other items










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