New Tactics at Half Time

In his State of the Union and budget messages, Reagan will shift his stance

"How time flies when you're having fun."

—Ronald Reagan at an informal news conference on the second anniversary of his Inauguration

The irony was unmistakable. For as everyone in the White House press room knew, the President is under siege at the half-time mark of his Administration. Indeed, more than a few of the inevitable stories analyzing his performance at the mid-point sound more like obituaries than dispassionate assessments.

Against this background, the State of the Union speech that Reagan is...

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