The Presidency: The Warm Reverie of Reagan's Retirement

The Warm Reverie of Reagan's Retirement

Ronald Reagan, retired President, drifted through Europe last week on a cloud of warm reverie and adoration. He collected a knighthood from the British (only the 58th American to do so), and was inducted into the French % Institute's Academy of Moral and Political Sciences (only the sixth U.S. President to make the cut).

He was, he told TIME before he journeyed abroad, going back on the "mashed- potato circuit," admittedly upgraded to include palaces and potentates. But his message will be the same: the triumph of freedom. He delivered it eloquently in London's Gothic Guildhall and in Paris, where fireworks...

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