The Reagan Wit : The Humor of the American President
Legendary for his clever gibes, bits of wisdom, and ability to laugh at himself, Ronald Reagan endeared himself to the public from the moment he entered the political arena. Few presidents have been so frequently quoted on their one-liners or ready comebacks.Now, The Reagan Wit offers the Reagan humor in hundreds of quotations, both famous and unfamiliar, from every phase of his life and career. Following Reagan through his youth, college years, military service, rise as a Hollywood actor, two terms as governor of California, presidency and post-presidency, The Reagan Wit takes a look at myriad priceless moments. Included here are well-known gems such as "Honey, I forgot to duck" (after Hinckley's assassination attempt), as well as lesser know but equally entertaining statements such as "I'm not worried about the deficit: It's big enough to take care of itself" and (joking about his age) "I can remember when a hot story broke and the reporters would run in yelling, 'Stop the chisels.'" These quips capture the charm that has made Reagan a revered figure.The Reagan Wit is filled with engaging anecdotes, such as how Reagan got a taste for leadership when, as a college freshman, he led a protest against proposed school budget cuts, and noted, "I discovered that night that an audience has a feel to it, and... that audience and I were together."And then there's the playful side to Reagan: He responded warmly to a letter he received from a kindergarten teacher who wrote that her class thought the governor of California was "Ronald McDonald"; started a long-held tradition of passing around jelly-beans at Cabinet meetings while governor; and took up the harmonica after leaving the presidency.Little escapes Reagan's powers of observation: The Soviet Union, Democrats, big government, the press, and even his own staff are all subject to his quips. The Reagan Wit showcases Reagan's impeccable timing, his humor always as fair as it is funny.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 144.3 x 215.9 x 20.1mm | 367.88g
- 01 Jan 1998
- William Morrow & Company
- United States