The United States presidency of Ronald Reagan, also known as the Reagan administration, was a Republican administration headed by Ronald Reagan from January 20, 1981, to January 20, 1989.
Reagan’s presidency has been termed the “Reagan Revolution,” or the Age of Reagan in recognition of the political realignment both within and beyond the U.S. in favor of his brand of conservatism and his faith in free markets. The Reagan administration worked toward the collapse of Soviet Communism, and it did collapse just as he left office.
On February 6, 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan was born to Nelle and John Reagan in Tampico, Illinois. He attended high school in nearby Dixon and then worked his way through Eureka College. There, he studied economics and sociology, played on the football team, and acted in school plays. Upon graduation, he became a radio sports announcer. A screen test in 1937 won him a contract in Hollywood. During the next two decades he appeared in 53 films.
On January 20, 1981, Reagan took office. Only 69 days later he was shot by a would-be assassin, but quickly recovered and returned to duty. His grace and wit during the dangerous incident caused his popularity to soar.
A month before the election of his successor, Reagan looked back on his eight years in office: “I am the same man I was when I came to Washington,” he said, “I believe the same things I believed when I came to Washington, and I think those beliefs have been vindicated by the success of the policies to which we hold fast.” About his foreign policy, he said, “At every point on the map that the Soviets have applied pressure, we’ve done all we can to apply pressure against them.” He went on “And now we are seeing a sight many believed they would never see in our lifetime: the receding of the tide of totalitarianism.”
There is little doubt that the many changes effected by the Reagan presidency will play a major role in shaping America’s future.
Thank You Mr. President—————-Paul Schrader