The Presidency: An Interview with Ronald Reagan

Despite daunting problems, he is comfortable with his course and his job

After nearly two years on the job, Ronald Reagan agreed to discuss his views of the presidency with TIME Senior Correspondent John F. Stacks and White House Correspondent Douglas Brew. Excerpts from the interview:

Q. As you approach the midpoint of this term as President, one of the things that everybody notices, especially compared with some of your predecessors, is that the burdens of the presidency do not seem to have got you down. You really look unchanged. Your optimism and good humor...

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