Essay about The Great Communicator - Ronald Reagan

2568 Words Jun 3rd, 2008 11 Pages
“My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” Ronald Reagan during a microphone check, unaware that he was on air. (NPR Audio, NPR.org)

The Russians were not pleased, to say the least. In some of the darkest days of the Cold War, in 1984, no world leader was smiling. The world was on the brink nuclear annihilation. To show humor was a sign of weakness. However, in all the darkness that surrounded the world at this time, one man’s bright smile and wit shined through; Ronald Reagan.

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in 1911 in Tampico, Illinois on February 6th, 1911 to John Reagan and Nelle Wilson Reagan. His beginnings were tough, like
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Nancy Davis went to Reagan, questioning why she had been blacklisted. It turns out later that there were two Nancy Davis’ in Hollywood.
One of which was the one that was blacklisted. The other fell in love with Ronald Reagan. With “love at first sight” syndrome, the two were engaged and married thereafter in 1952. Nancy would stand by Ronald for the next fifty years, rarely leaving his side.

Over the next few years, Reagan changed jobs again to become the lead host of the General Electric Theatre. A television program that aired weekly all across the nation. Quickly rising to the number one watched TV show of the time period, Reagan was offered half of the business. This acquisition made him rich and also somewhat famous. He became one of the most well known actors of the time through this action. He became the GE National Spokesman, traveling across the country to factories all over. He would speak at balls, dinners and dances, making valuable friends and allies that would help him in the years to come. While he was a democrat, he began to take more conservative views by each speech he gave. Finally one day he mentioned to Nancy “I go out there and make these speeches which I believe –they are my own speeches –and then every four years I find myself campaigning for the people are doing things that I’m speaking against. I’m on the wrong side.”

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