The Presidency: A Quick Shot of Adrenaline

A Quick Shot of Adrenaline

He has earned the right, with his 75th birthday coming up next week, to play the old man in winter and affect an air of elegant fatigue. He could, in presenting his fifth State of the Union address, simply brandish the record of his Administration, then settle in before the fireplace and wait for the world to cheer.

Ronald Reagan has decided to play it very differently. The message he plans to present to a joint session of Congress this Tuesday evening, with the sixth year of his Administration just getting under way, is notable for the absence of tiredness. It...

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