Last updated on: 1/12/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Peggy Noonan Biography

Title:
Author and former Special Assistant and Speechwriter for President Reagan
Position:
Pro to the question "Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?"
Reasoning:

“Ronald Reagan was a great communicator not because he said things in an unusual way but because he said great things – things that were true and needed saying. Those on the left in his day always thought Reagan had some magical way of expressing himself. He didn’t. It was what he said that was important, not how he said it…

Reagan brought a constellation of virtues to the office of the presidency – guts, compassion, humor, a lack of pretension, a willingness to face the world and tell the truth, a willingness to make decisions and stand by them – and his leadership changed the world, and for the better. As president, he was a giant.”

“As President, Reagan Was a Giant,” msnbc.com, June 5, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Columnist, Wall Street Journal
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Manhattan Institute
  • Chief Speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush, 1988
  • Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, 1984-1986
  • Former Producer, CBS News
  • Former Editorial and Public Affairs Director, WEEI-AM, Boston
  • Adjunct Professor, New York University, 1978-1979
Education:
  • BA, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1974
Other:
  • Recipient, Tom Phillips Award for Broadcast Commentary
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?