President Reagan on the Line

Last week Ronald Reagan tried to reach out and touch someone. Dan Rather. The President was alone in his White House study last Tuesday evening watching the 6:30 Baltimore telecast of the CBS Evening News when Anchorman Dan Rather introduced one segment of the network's coverage by saying, "Taken together, Mr. Reagan has now reversed policy and infuriated conservative members of his own party on two scores: first the tax increases, now China." With that, recalls one White House adviser, the President "went through the ceiling." He telephoned Aides Michael Deaver and James...

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