The Presidency: He Could Communicate

He Could Communicate

Scene 1. A spring morning, 1937, small office of Screen Agent George Ward, Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Secretary announces arrival of Sportscaster "Dutch" Reagan, movie hopeful from Des Moines. Ward, who works for the William Meiklejohn Agency, is braced to administer a classic brush-off. Send in Reagan, he tells his secretary.

Ward has to tilt back in his chair to see all 6 ft. 1 in. of this guy who strides in under a 150-watt smile. Built-up shoulder pads in the suit. Wide lapels. Close-cut hair. All standard for the year. But there is something different. Ward decides to try to...

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