December 1, 2012
Research Paper: President Ronald Reagan
Since 1788, there has been a so called “leader” known as the President who runs
this country, the United States of America. The President has major jobs and/or priorities
to take care of in the United States such as the people and America itself. The President is
the Commander and Chief of the Military forces, can veto and approve laws, appoints
court officials, enforces treaties, and much more. There have been some great as well as
some bad Presidents in America’s history. Some have made a huge difference and some
have made no change at all. One of those great presidents and the 40th President, was the
man named Ronald Reagan. His Presidency for the Untied States was from 1981-1989.
In the town of Tampico, Illinois, Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on the 6th of
February, 1911. Reagan is the youngest of two sons from John and Nelle Reagan. Reagan
has a normal childhood growing up. He was active in sports as well as being well-
educated. Reagan has been married two times, the first marriage Jane Wyman and the
second to Nancy Davis. Reagan has a total of three children and is the only “U.S.
President to have been divorced.” Reagan was involved in World War II making army
training videos for the army. He was highly involved in Hollywood for a while starring in
movies and television series.
Reagan began getting involved in political events such as for people running
for the United States Senate and supporting candidates running for different offices. In
1960, Reagan registered as a Democrat but quickly changes to a Republican in 1962.
What really started Reagan political career was when Reagan gave a televised speech to
Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater called “A Time for Choosing”. Reagan emerged
on the national political scene in 1964 when he made fervent television speech in support
of the Republican presidential candidate, United States Senator Barry Goldwater from
Arizona. Although the election was lost, Reagan's speech brought in money and
admiration from Republicans around the country. After the speech a group of
Republicans in California persuaded Reagan to run for governor of California in 1966. In
1965-66, Reagan ran for office of the Governor of California. He defeated the incumbent
California Governor by a large margin. Another four years passed, and Reagan was re-
elected for another term as California Governor.
Through his years of being Governor, Reagan announces his Republican
Candidacy for the Presidency of the United States. He loses the nomination to Ford but in
1979, Reagan does get the Republican Party nomination. Later the next year in 1980,
Ronald Reagan wins the presidency over Jimmy Carter. Reagan’s charm and happy face
was a call for return to patriotism, which appealed to the public. “Reagan was the oldest
person elected for the U.S. Presidency.” As president, Reagan defined his management
style as to identify the problem, find the right individuals to do the job, and then let them
go to it. Reagan also received strong support from religious groups, who were unhappy
with what they saw as decreasing respect for religion in public life and about increasing
respect to sex and drugs, that had emerged in the late 1960s. These groups had little in
common, but stood on Reagan’s side to make changes. Not even a year after his
Inauguration, Reagan survived an attempted assassination by a man named John
Hinckley Jr. Reagan, being the strong man that he was, was back to the position of
President within several weeks.
To start off his first term his presidency, Reagan had to deal with the economy, the end of the Cold War, and international and national conflicts. One of his major changes he did was Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Conner as...