The President Flexes His Muscles

But serious defeats loom ahead on Capitol Hill

The presidential jeans were trim, the snakeskin boots glistened in the Sunday sun and the white knit tennis shirt clung flatteringly to Ronald Reagan's chest. As he chatted with a few friends and reporters on the White House's South Lawn, one newsman complimented him on his flat belly. Having a gym so handy in the White House really helped, said Reagan, adding with a proud grin, "Here, feel these triceps." The reporter gingerly tested Reagan's arm. The muscles were firm. Despite his chest wound and nearly nine months in the Oval Office, Reagan,...

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