On the Reagan video you'll see the following: first an excerpt
from "The Speech," the 1964 televised campaign speech for Goldwater.
Reagan gave this speech many times over the years on the mashed
potato circuit before this televised presentation literally launched
his political career.
Next is an excerpt of Reagan's remarks at the 1976 Republican
Convention following his unsuccessful challenge of Ford for the
nomination. I suspect that after he spoke, at Ford's invitation, the
convention was wondering whether it had nominated the wrong man!
What a contrast to Ford. (Similarly, delegates at the 1980 Democratic
convention were captivated by Edward Kennedy's speech--one of his
best--but went on to renominate Carter.) It's interesting, though
perhaps pointless, to speculate on what might have happened had
Reagan won the nomination in 1976. He might very well have been
defeated by Carter and, perhaps, gone down to oblivion. In any case,
he clearly upstaged Ford on this occasion. That time capsule story
would be used again by Reagan in a televised debate.
Next is an excerpt from Reagan's 1980 acceptance speech. (Watch
closely or you'll miss the cut and think it's still the same speech--
but this time Ford is in the gallery.) You'll note the reference to
the Iran hostage crisis.
Next is an excerpt from the first inaugural, the one that Jamieson
refers to in the reading. The Treptow story at the end is typical of
Reagan stories that might not be technically accurate (Treptow, it
was discovered, was not buried in Arlington as Reagan seemed to
suggest), but were nonetheless powerful narratives. Reagan's optimism
about Americans is typical--a different message, surely, than
Then there's the section from the 1984 debate regarding the age
question. After Reagan made this quip, the election was over!
Next is a segment from one of the speeches at Normandy. This sort of
ceremonial rhetoric is one of the things Reagan did best, as
demonstrated in the following clip from the Challenger speech.
Then there's an excerpt from a typical State of the Union Address in
which Reagan employed the hero in the gallery technique referred to
Next is Reagan's last speech to a Republican Convention, in 1988,
followed by his last public speech on his 83rd birthday. You'll note
in the last speech he is showing his age, but though he falters at
the start, he picks up steam and shortly has the crowd in the palm of