Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?"
"...Reagan spoke to America's longing for order, our need to believe that we are not simply subject to blind, impersonal forces but that we can shape our individual and collective destinies, so long as we rediscover the traditional virtues of hard work, patriotism, personal responsibility, optimism, and faith...
Reagan may have exaggerated the sins of the welfare state, and certainly liberals were right to complain that his domestic policies tilted heavily toward economic elites... Nevertheless, by promising to side with those who worked hard, obeyed the law, cared for their families, and loved their country, Reagan offered Americans a sense of a common purpose that liberals seemed no longer able to muster."
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, 2006
Experts Members of Congress, heads of government, top-level federal government officials, military generals/admirals, and individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to US presidential history. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
44th President of the United States, Jan. 20, 2009-present
Member, US Senate (D-IL), 2005-2008
Member, US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, 2005-2006
Member, Illinois State Senate, 1997-2004
Attorney, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1993-2004
Former Teacher, Constitutional Law, University of Chicago