The Presidency: Acting the Actor

Again Ronald Reagan's grace during personal stress is on display. That of his wife equals it. Actors are not supposed to be genuine, particularly those who are graduates of the grade-B Hollywood sound stages. But twice in four years Reagan has been brushed by death, and both times he has unfurled his gentle humor and insisted that the play go on. The second drama is just starting. But there is no reason to believe that the threat of cancer will inhibit him any more than the attempted assassination did four years ago. His friends bet it will be just the opposite....

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