Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th president of United States of America and, even though Jimmy Carter was president when I was born, is the first president I can remember. He helped shape my perception of what it means to hold the office. He frequently appears on poles of the most loved, respected, and greatest presidents. In a 2011 Gallup poll, he was selected as greatest U.S. president, a title usually reserved for Abraham Lincoln in similar studies.
In many ways, Reagan was a picture of the all-american boy growing up. He was born in the midwest town of Tampico, Illinois and played on the football team at Eureka College, and was the student body president. Later he would serve in the military during World War II making training films. From early on Reagan was groomed and prepared for his journey into politics by his career. After graduating in Economics, he was hired as a sports radio announcer. Later on he began an acting career, appearing in over 50 films and assorted television programs. Reagan would eventually earn the nickname of “The Gipper” from his role in the film Knute Rockne, All American. He even served as the President of the Screen Actors Guild. During this time he also worked with House Un-American Activities Committee and the FBI while they searched for communist sympathisers, even though he did not entirely back their methods. Reagan transitioned into a position working on camera and public speaking for General Electric in 1954. These jobs further trained Reagan in public relations, speaking, and also helped shape his politics. In fact, it was during his time in Hollywood that he began to shift from democrat to conservative republican even though he had grown up in an active family of democrats. H...
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