Trying to Make Amends

Reagan extends a clumsy hand to women, blacks and the poor

To the strains of a John Philip Sousa march, Ronald Reagan jauntily mounted the podium in the Sheraton Washington hotel to say he was sorry. His audience, members of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women, had been scheduled to take a VIP tour of the White House the day before. But due to a snafu in scheduling, the East Room was already occupied (ironically enough, by a conference on government efficiency), and the group was turned away. Fully aware that...

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