Former President, Ronald Regan Actor/Politician/Awesome
Military Service • After completing fourteen home-study Army Extension Courses, Reagan enlisted in the Army Enlisted Reserve • He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant . • On April 18, 1942 he was put into active duty for the first time. • Put into limited service, because of his eyesight, keeping him from overseas travel. • He was separated from active duty on December 9, 1945. • By the end of the war, his units produced 400 training films for the AAF.
Entertainment Career • His first job in radio was a sports broadcaster for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. • He also found work in Des Moines and Davenport. • His specialty was giving play-by-play accounts of the sorts action by wire to the radio stations. • His first credit in film was his 1937 role in the movie Love Is In The Air
Political Experience • Regan began as a very liberal democrat, but began to lean to the right and focus on conservatism and business. • Governor of California, 1967–1975
Presidential Campaigns 1976 • In 1976, Reagan challenged President Gerald Ford to become the Republican Party's candidate for president. • Regan ran as a conservative. • Though he lost the nomination, he received: • 307 votes in New Hampshire • 388 votes as an Independent on Wyoming • One electoral vote from a faithless elector in the November election
Presidential Campaigns 1980 • His campaign stressed some of his fundamental principles: • lower taxes to stimulate the economy • less government interference in people's lives • states' rights • a strong national defense. • Reagan won the election, carrying 44 states with 489 electoral votes
The Presidency • 1981–1989 • Reagan pursued policies that reflected his personal beliefs. • He believed in individual freedom • He brought many changes domestically, to the U.S. economy and military • He contributed to the end of the Cold War.
First Term • On March 30, 1981, only 69 days into the new administration, he and several others were struck by gunfire making this his first assassination attempt. • Reagan emphasized policies based on supply-side economics and used a liberal and laissez-faire philosophy • He sought to stimulate the economy with large tax cuts.
Second Term • Reagan was sworn in as president for the second time on January 20, 1985, in a private ceremony at the White House. • January 20 fell on a Sunday, so a public celebration was did not occur. • A public celebration was held in the Capitol Rotunda the following day. • Halfway into his second term, Reagan declared more militant policies in the War on Drugs. • By the early 1980s, the USSR had built up a military arsenal and army surpassing that of the United States. • The Berlin Wall was torn down beginning in 1989 and two years later the Soviet Union collapsed.
Post-Presidential • After leaving office in 1989, the Regan Family purchased a home in Bel-Air, Los Angeles. • In August 1994, at the age of 83, Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease • Reagan died at his home in Bel Air, California on the afternoon of June 5, 2004
Works Cited • Ronald Regan. N.d. The White House. Web. 22 Mar. 2011. <http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/ronaldreagan>. • “Ronald Regan Presidential Faoundation and Library.” Ronald Regan Presidential Faoundation and Library. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2011. <http://www.reaganlibrary.com/>. • The White House. US Govornment, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2011. <http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/ronaldreagan>.