Few Presidents in our history have touched the lives of American people like Ronald Reagan. You could probably only count them on a single hand and argue about the second hand in terms of presidential superstars, those in the upper echelon of our history. One can easily argue that Reagan deserves to be on that first hand of Presidential superstars. We could argue all day long based on what political philosophy you hold to on what you really think of Reagan and his conservatism, but as a historian one must look at the presidency separate from ones own political viewpoint.
In 1980, the United States seeking hope in the future of the American way of life. The scandal of the Nixon administration still had a bitter taste on the Americans mouths. Then followed a massive recession during the Carter Administration. To no surprise the American people saw no good coming from the government and their leaders. Then in steps Ronald Reagan, a charismatic leader who inspired the people to believe in themselves and not the solutions that government offered. It was exactly what the people wanted to hear at the time.
Today we celebrate President Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday. To remind us all of who we was and most importantly what he stood for I have attached some YouTube videos. Take some time to look through them with an open mind.
Reagan's First Inaugural Address - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpPt7xGx4Xo
"We the People" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlgTwp93E48
The Wit of Ronald Reagan - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39dGQmBEww
Tribute to the Life of Ronald Reagan - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8_G-mlKxTY&feature=related