Toast to a Hero

Celebrating happy days

Ronald Reagan originally stood aloof from the planning for Franklin D. Roosevelt's centenary, but in the end he graciously got involved. And why not? Though critics charge that the New Federalism dismantles the New Deal, F.D.R. was a hero to the youthful Reagan, who voted for Roosevelt all four times he ran.

At a White House lunch last week, guests at the President's table, including F.D.R.'s son Jimmy, ate off china from the Roosevelt years. In a deft tribute, Reagan recalled his first glimpse of F.D.R. "It was 1936, a campaign parade in Des Moines, Iowa. What a wave of...

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