Nation: How to Charm a City

Reagan gives a boffo performance in his first appearance in the capital

"I was kind of surprised to find out how many things I had done that were considered unusual. I would have thought they were a natural thing to do."

As he mused about his remarkable week, Ronald Reagan was riding in an Air Force DC-9 on his way back to California. Quite clearly, he was honestly surprised by the welcome he had received in the city that, in effect, he had campaigned against, decrying the nation's capital as the symbol of the...

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