Making Reagan Be Reagan

Mike Deaver is keeper of the presidential image

He is always there, distinct in the shadows of power, never very far from Ronald Reagan's side. But slender, balding Michael Deaver is a man who cares little about presidential policy and often slips out of secret White House briefings, bored. He worries far less about Soviet missiles and accusations of Administration sleaziness than he does about how those issues—and all others—threaten his boss. For Mike Deaver, at 46, has essentially one aim in life, and that is serving Ronald Reagan. For 18 years, after he...

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