The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Lousy Bums and Other Asides

The Presidency

All the Reagan juices were flowing when the President sat down a fortnight ago at his ranch to give one of his radio exhortations. When he saw the mike, he was seized by a latent actor's impulse to perform. And because the topic of the hour was the Polish government's move to outlaw Solidarity, his molten aversion to Communism bubbled to the surface. To test the sound equipment and his own pipes, he said firmly: "My fellow Americans, yesterday the Polish government, a military dictatorship, a bunch of no-good lousy bums..."

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