Janice Shaw Crouse

9. Charm and Likeability: President Reagan was a charming man who knew how to entertain and genuinely liked other people; he enjoyed being with people, and they knew it. People around him reciprocated the feeling.

10. Courage and Convictions: President Reagan showed his courage and convictions early on in his acting career. He fought the communists for control of the Screen Actors union. During his presidency, he showed the same courage of his convictions as he stood up to his opponents in the State Department, as well as standing strong before the Soviet threats.

President Reagan was a highly effective president, even though he came to the presidency in times that were just as uncertain as today — unemployment was high, and both inflation and interest rates were soaring into the stratosphere. Yet, under his leadership, the nation faced those problems with positive, consistent policies and decisions. As a result, problems became opportunities — the striking air traffic controllers were fired, and the flight industry thrived; unemployment fell here at home, as did the Berlin Wall in Germany. Those Reagan traits were invaluable in those difficult times, and they are desperately needed in these uncertain days of unprecedented debt and deficit crises that threaten the economic stability and even the existence of America.

Janice Shaw Crouse

Janice Shaw Crouse is a former speechwriter for George H. W. Bush and now political commentator for the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
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