The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: A Flash of Irish Flint

The Presidency

One of Peter's less famous principles goes like this: "Speak when you're angry — and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret." Well, not always. At the White House the political strategists calculate that Ronald Reagan could not have snapped "Shut up!" at a better time.

First, Washington oldtimers cannot remember such an ill-mannered assault on a President in the august East Room under the daunting gaze of George and Martha Washington. Second, Gary Richard Arnold, the congressional candidate from Santa Cruz, Calif, (slogan: LOOKS LIKE LENIN, TALKS LIKE LINCOLN), who provoked Reagan, was the perfect person to spark...

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