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Few people keep Queen Elizabeth II waiting, especially when she has issued a personal invitation, but President Ronald Reagan managed to do so in 1982 without causing any lasting damage.
Things were going bumpily according to plan for the men in charge of the President Ford Committee at the Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Mo., in August 1976. With so many moving parts, however, most campaigns are at best "garbage moving in the right direction," as GOP operative Eddie Mahe once quipped.
Martin Anderson works in an ivory tower - literally. From high above Stanford University's Hoover Institution, Mr. Anderson contemplates Ronald Reagan's legacy as his centennial arrives on Sunday.
When reporters asked Michael Deaver to size up his role as President Reagan's image-maker-in-chief, he invariably gave a variant of the following: "I didn't make Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan made me." This focus on Mr. Deaver as image-man, and his modest response, is refreshing and understandable given all the image-making successes. But it obscures the rest of his substantial legacy. Mike Deaver, who died over the weekend at 69, was a person who "speaks truth to power" (as well as to the readers of this newspaper as a contributor of commentaries and book reviews). Good public relations was just one of the strands of a remarkable life.
As Michael Deaver's death became top national news the other day, the longtime adviser to Ronald and Nancy Reagan would have appreciated the irony that after a career of shaping news stories for other people — not the least of whom was the 40th president of the United States — no one could shape the countless news stories about him so well.