NBC’s retrospective on the late President Reagan spent a lot of time focused on his way with words. As they played a number of his speeches, I didn’t think Reagan sounded like “The Great Communicator.” Instead, he just sounded like an interesting fellow to have a conversation with.
Then the news came on, with an interview of a local politician. And as the politician droned on saying a great many words, none of which I can remember, I realized again just how rare a gift it is to have a politician who not only speaks what he believes, but also who can say it in a winsome fashion.
No wonder so many people hated Reagan! With that combination of gifts, he was their worst nightmare.