I Love People

Ronald Reagan is not a man given to introspection. When asked to reflect on the source of his personal appeal or his uncanny sense of the national pulse, he is likely to answer (as he does on many topics) with an anecdote. In an interview in the Oval Office last week with TIME White House Correspondents Barrett Seaman and David Beckwith, the President gave glimpses into his character and popularity by reminiscing about events in his life that helped shape his outlook.

"Maybe it goes back to a small-town beginning in which you were aware of how people rallied around whenever...

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