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In 1980, conservative Republicans and conservative Democrats alike supported Ronald Reagan, hailed as the Great Communicator because of his undeniable charisma. However, there are those who criticize him as the "Acting President" for being a mere personality who was manipulated by others. Looking at his presidency objectively, which of these two descriptions is more accurate?
"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.” - Ronald Reagan. I started this forum off with a quote from Reagan showing is charisma. Reagan was a president who was loved by many. He had the support of both sides. His elections prove his support in his reelection in 1984 he won 49 out of 50 states and had almost 60% of the popular vote. To answer the question, I would say that his reputation as the "great communicator" is more accurate than the people that criticize him.
Reagan was a man who had strong conservative values and believed in a limited government that would not intervene in someone's everyday lives. In fact, some say Reagan was more manipulative to others than anyone was to him. His charm, experience, strong views and quick wit drew many people towards him and his views. His accomplishments are many but what many know him for is Reaganomics, ending the cold war, peace through strength, and voiced values. I believe he was so well liked because he really believed in the American dream. He brought back patriotism after hard times in the '60s and '70s. He had sympathy for many but believed in hard work. Not every president is perfect. There were things he did that hurt the nation and something's that he was hypocritical on. However, in the overall scheme of things Ronald Reagan had a positive approval rating and as time went on years after him leaving office his approval rating went up.
As people look back they look not only at his accomplishments but his character. I think that even today if you ask the majority of Americans who study history or lived through the '80s, would respect him and have positive things to say about his presidency more so than negatively.
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In 1980, conservative Republicans and conservative Democrats alike supported Ronald Reagan, hailed as the Great Communicator because of his undeniable charisma. However, there are those who criticize him as the "Acting President" for being a mere personality who was manipulated by others.