Ronald Reagan, My Pen Pal


Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan was my favorite politician when I was a teenager. He still is. In fact I should have been on the other side and made Mikhail Gorbachev my hero as my late father was a hardcore socialist. I did like the baby face Gorbachev but Reagan was my hero. He was very handsome and had a great personality despite his old age. I liked the way he issued statement behind the podium at the White House compound and I used to imitate him when I was a schoolboy. Watching him walking faster than the younger officials around him on TV was exciting to watch. Reagan had a charismatic smile on his face and I later heard he shared great humor too. (Those days I couldn’t understand his English but now I search for his humor on YouTube clips.)

Those were the days of Cold War and every day passed with the fear that a nuclear war could start at any time. Reagan negotiating with Gorbachev on nuclear disarmament talks was a familiar scene in newscasts. Both reached significant successes in reaching compromises on that department despite Reagan’s Star War plans.

Reagan won the reelection with a big margin and it was said that if he was allowed by the constitution to reelection for a third time he could still win. He was that popular among the American masses though the most of the rest of the world loved to hate him for the arrogance shown in his foreign policy. During Reagan’s tenure America’s economy was improved remarkably and the downfall of Soviet empire also started.

I wrote a letter (my first airmail) to Reagan appreciating him with a picture of him drawn by myself. (I later read somewhere Fidel Castro also had written to an American president when the former was a schoolboy asking few dollars which had been refused. The letter still exists in an American archive it is said.) I didn’t ask for anything from Reagan. I never expected a reply from him. To my surprise, within a few weeks I did get a reply with a photograph of Mr. Reagan and Mrs. Reagan with their signatures on it. I was over exhilarated with joy. Unfortunately I lost the letter of late.

From Wikipedia

“As president, Reagan implemented sweeping new political and economic initiatives. His supply-side economic policies, dubbed “Reaganomics“, advocated reducing tax rates to spur economic growth, controlling the money supply to reduce inflation, deregulation of the economy, and reducing government spending. In his first term he survived an assassination attempt, took a hard line against labor unions, and ordered an invasion of Grenada. He was reelected in a landslide in 1984, proclaiming that it was “Morning in America.” His second term was primarily marked by foreign matters, such as the ending of the Cold War, the 1986 bombing of Libya, and the revelation of the Iran-Contra affair. Publicly describing the Soviet Union as an “evil empire,”[1] he supported anti-communist movements worldwide and spent his first term forgoing the strategy of détente by ordering a massive military buildup in an arms race with the USSR. Reagan negotiated with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, culminating in the INF Treaty and the decrease of both countries’ nuclear arsenals.”

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