The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Memories on an Anniversary

Ronald Reagan has been producer, director and star in the first act of one of the most extraordinary political dramas this nation has seen. At noon on Wednesday, Jan. 20, with no special fanfare planned, the President completes a year in office, only one-fourth of his allotted term. The impact on Reagan of this first year is subtle, hard to detect by even those close to him. He tells more jokes than he used to, perhaps as a diversion from grim dilemmas and grimmer decisions. His infrequent secret moments may have lower depths than before.

In appearance, he looks untouched...

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