A Question of Humbler than Thou

It was much ado about having had nothing, a matter of pride about starting off humble. Appearing on ABC's Issues and Answers, House Speaker Tip O'Neill got personal in his criticism of President Reagan's tax program. Charged the Speaker: "He has no concern for the little man of America; he never meets those people." The President, O'Neill continued, "doesn't understand the working class. He has very, very selfish people around him, people only of the upper echelon ... who have forgotten where they've come from."

Ronald Reagan was stung. Asked about O'Neill's remarks as he was leaving his press...

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