Donald J. Trump has officially been sworn in as America’s 45th president, and it is important to reflect on the presidents that have inspired us all, most notably Ronald Reagan.
President Ronald Reagan was perhaps the most gifted communicator the conservative movement ever had. His ability to trounce on liberals and Democrats with his wit and charm are legendary.
Here is a classic example of just why Reagan’s communication skills still make any modern politician envious. Watch (above) as he explains just what he thinks about Democrats during the Republican Governors Club Dinner in 1988.
In fact, when I was out in Missouri just a few weeks back, I told some students down in Cape Girardeau—and they seemed to enjoy the story—about the fellow who was running for office as a Republican in a heavily Democratic State. He stopped by a farm to do some campaigning. And when the farmer heard he was a Republican, his jaw dropped, and he said, “You wait right here while I get Ma. She’s never seen a Republican.” [Laughter] So, he got Ma. And while they were gone, the candidate looked around for a podium from which to give his speech.
And the only thing he could find was a pile of that stuff that Bess Truman took 35 years trying to get Harry to call fertilizer. [Laughter] So, he got up on that mound, and when they came back, he gave his speech. At the end of it, the farmer said, “That’s the first time I ever heard a Republican speech.” The candidate said, “That’s the first time I’ve ever given a Republican speech from a Democratic platform.”