Ronald Reagan's Presidency Essay

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Ronald Reagan's Presidency

Truly, when Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, the world was changing; his presidency would be one that would set the tone for the coming decades. Reagan had high expectations for his term in office; his "first, second, and third priorities" were his economic plans. His presidency was a remarkable one, but scholars were and continue to be critical of his "hands-off," macro-management of the government. President Reagan surrounded himself with some of the brightest minds in the country: James Baker III, George Shultz .. Often, these are the people who initiated these policy changes, while Reagan is the one who sold them to the country. But for all that he didn't participate in, Reagan had an extreme
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"There was a sense that the Soviet Union was on the move [from 1975 through 1979] and that the U.S. was at great risk if the momentum continued. Reagan felt that and communicated it." His speeches always conveyed this feeling; even before he was president. In 1962, as governor of California, Reagan described the Soviet Union as a "single worldwide force dedicated to the destruction of free enterprise and the creation of a socialist state." Additionally, in a pre-election address to a club in London, he remarked, "Status quo; that's Latin for the mess we're in," referring to the current foreign relations strategy supported by the United States. Journalists called the speech a "strong attack on Western weakness."

The feeling was apparently mutual. The Soviets, before Mikhail Gorbachev, often refused to meet with the Reagan. In fact, the Kremlin viewed Reagan as a "dangerously confrontational figure, whose deeply disturbing animus against all things Russian had created a solid front of hostility among Politburo leaders." Reagan's firm stance against communism and those related to it is likely what caused this deep rift in Soviet/U.S. relations at the beginning of the Reagan administration. The Soviet ambassador called it "the lowest point since World War II" when he spoke to the President early in 1983. Reagan main

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