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Grace ZetonaMrs. FigurskiELA 8 7th hour12/15/17 “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” I, Ronald Reagan said that meaning, if everyone pitched in, the more people helped in the end. I went  by the name Dutch as a boy.  When I was a baby, the first thing my dad said to me when I was born was, “Why doesn’t he look like a fat little dutchman!” I also had the nickname Ronnie short for Ronald by my wife.  I loved and enjoyed Jelly beans but absolutely hated brussel sprouts like most people.  As I got older, I lost hearing in one ear.  I was on the swim team, also was captain. Beside that, I also played many other sports. I was a lifeguard.  I was your, 40th President.   If I were still alive today, I would be 106 years old!  I was born on February 6, 1911. Born in Tampico, Illinois.  My father’s name was John Edward Reagan and my mother’s name was Nelle Wilson Reagan. I was born in an apartment above a bakery. Now doesn’t that sound interesting? I came from an Irish heritage.  As I got older, I  realized I was born into a poor family. My dad moved a lot trying to find a job. Now onto my family life. I was first married to Jane Wyman, my ex wife in 1940.  Jane didn’t think things worked out between us. By 1948, she called a divorce between us.  Jane and I had three children together. Maureen, who was born in 1941 and sadly passed away with Melanoma in 2001.  We also had Michael who is currently 72 years old. Christine who was born but sadly– passed away on that same day.  After Jane divorced me, bad things began to happen. At a baseball game, I got tagged out. Somehow, my right thigh broke into 6 pieces! I spent months in the hospital. A director introduced me to a young actress named Nancy Davis.  On our first date, we stayed out until three in the morning! I later married Nancy Davis in 1952. We had Patti, who is 65 years old and Ronald Prescott who is 59 years old.  I attended a small Christian College called Eureka College and I was also in the U.S. army from 1942 till 1945. I made a film called Debut in Love is in the Air. The biggest accomplishment I had was  “Making the American People Believe in Themselves Again.” I called this my greatest achievement of my presidency.  In 1937 I went to Southern California to report on the spring training of the Chicago Cubs Baseball Team.  I was an actor for 30 years before entering politics. I was in 53 movies and over 60+ t.v shows! The best part of being a movie star was getting a makeover. The studio changed my hair and clothes. They changed my name, and stopped me from wearing glasses! I was your oldest President to ever be elected at the age of 70 years old! I was President from 1981 till 1989.  I ran for president in 1968 and 1976,in 1980, during a time of U.S. economic troubles and foreign policy difficulties, I won the Republican Presidential nomination in a contest with George H.W. Bush and others. Beating Jimmy Carter for his second term.  Before I was a Republican, I was actually a Democrat! Even tho George H.W. Bush wasn’t president, he was my Vice President. Alexander M Haig Jr was my Secretary of State and Donald T Reagan was my secretary of treasury. I was also the first president to ever elect a female for Supreme Court. After successful careers as a radio sports announcer, Hollywood Movie actor, and Television Host, I turned to politics and was elected governor of California in 1967 till 1975 and later was 40th president. At my first ever speech, nine weeks into my presidency, there was gun fire. I was shot in the chest but I thankfully lived! I was rushed to George Washington University Hospital. I fell in front of the entrance. I was stuck at the hospital for 13 days.  After I got shot, presidents started wearing bullet proof jackets! Four people were shot this day. I also believed that I had fulfilled my campaign pledge of 1980 to restore “the great, confident roar of American progress, growth and optimism” I feel that I’ve achieved what was needed to be done as president.   I sadly passed away on June 5, 2004. My death was caused by Pneumonia. Soonly enough, developed Alzheimer’s in 1994. Buried at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.  The library is a federal government historical research facility of the public museum, Ronald Reagan park is in Georgia, Ronald Reagan elementary is in Wisconsin, and Ronald Reagan highway is in Illinois. Wow, at least 100 more places are named after me! The last thing I want to leave is that dreams of people may differ, but everybody wants their dreams to come true… America, above all places, gives us the freedom to do that.   After I was elected, in a 49 state landslide in 1984, it became clear that democrats would be unlikely to return to the White House under a traditional liberal banner. This paved the way for the Bill Clinton’s centrist capture of the democratic nomination and Presidency of 1992.  I thought I was a really good President. Never really did I get disgrace. I feel my presidency was. I left a good footprint on this Presidency. Now, onto George H.W. Bush taking into the future after me later becoming President.

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