The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: A Moment of Special Glory

For a few days, history will take Ronald Reagan by the hand and lead him down the broad avenues of Washington and among the memories of this Republic, at once so great and so worried.

With the morning mists come the legends, the old bugle calls, the tramp of sure feet, voices raised in liberty's arguments. Soon enough Reagan will be down on the battlefield with Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, and his days will be ordered by the cables from Moscow and the Middle East. But, for the moment, he lives...

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