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To Act

Terry Teachout’s estimate of Reagan as an actor–that he was good–reminds me of a couple of conversations I had with Ed Meese and Lyn Nofziger. They agreed that there were only two sure ways of making Reagan angry: To overbook him, forcing him to keep people waiting (Ed told me that as governor Reagan once grew so angry that the staff had forced him to keep a series of people waiting that he took off his reading glasses and whipped them across the room) and to call him a B actor. “Anytime he heard he’d been called a B actor,” Lyn told me, “he’d start listing all the great stars he’d worked with. He was proud of that career.”

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