He quickly gained a reputation as the Teflon president to whom bad news didn’t stick. His ability to charm almost any crowd helped keep his popularity high.
I’ve been told this is all off the record and that the cameras are all off, is that right? I was told that because I’ve been waiting years to do this! (Taunting gesture with hands and fingers)
When things annoyed him he often used a laugh line to get in his digs.
I was going to have an opening statement but I decided that what I was going to say… that I wanted to get a lot of attention… so I’m going to wait and leak it.
Yes, because for many years I was a Democrat.
Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.
There are those in America today who have come to depend absolutely on government for their security. And when government fails they seek to rectify that failure in the form of granting government more power. So, as government has failed to control crime and violence with the means given it by the Constitution, they seek to give it more power at the expense of the Constitution. But in doing so, in their willingness to give up their arms in the name of safety, they are really giving up their protection from what has always been the chief source of despotism — government.”
Reagan 1984 coffee cup
Our nation was built and civilized by men and women who used guns in self-defense and in pursuit of peace. One wonders indeed, if the rising crime rate, isn’t due as much as anything to the criminal’s instinctive knowledge that the average victim no longer has means of self-protection.”