Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States - The 40th President of the United States started off as a liberal Democrat. He fought against Republican-sponsored right-to-work legislation, strongly supported Harry Truman in the 1948 election, and worked for Democratic candidates such as Helen Gahagan Douglas in California. Reagan was twice elected as President of the Screen Actors Guild but later became a conservative and in 1962 switched to the Republican Party. He went on to become Governor of California and one of the most influential Republicans to occupy the White House.
President Ronald Reagan's presidential library was opened and dedicated in 1991. Nixon, Ford, Carter, and HW Bush joined Reagan for the ceremony, marking the first time in US history that five presidents were gathered in the same place. Located in Simi Valley, California, it is the largest presidential library in terms of the aggregate size of its facilities. The library contains numerous exhibits that detail events from Reagan's life. Starting with his childhood, film career, and military service, the library also has news clippings from the assassination attempt and highlights from his presidential campaigns. On the grounds, there is a recreation of the White House Lawn, a large piece of the Berlin Wall, and an airplane hangar that houses the aircraft that served as Air Force One for Reagan and six other presidents.
Chapman University says the protest signs that were plastered overnight Wednesday on the busts for conservative icons like Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher can stay, citing the students' right to free speech. (Reddit/TheRealLouisWu)
In November 1979 Ronald Reagan unofficially announced his candidacy to millions of Americans in an interview with Tom Brokaw on NBC's "Today" show in New York before making the official announcement at a Waldorf Astoria dinner that night.
Ann Coulter took to Fox News Thursday night to jab the network for fixating on how long it took President Obama to congratulate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his re-election, asking: "Has John Hinckley called to congratulate Ronald Reagan yet?" (Fox News via Mediaite)
First lady Nancy Reagan congratulates, from left, Richard Cavoli, Tyrone Ford, Shelby Butler and Trevor Farrell, young heroes that President Ronald Reagan honored during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1986 on Capitol Hill, Washington. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)
Republican presidential nominee Ronald Reagan, seated at desk, meets with members of his staff in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 23, 1980. It was Reagan’s first meeting with his staff since his nomination last week at the Republican convention in Detroit. At left is Ed Meese. At right are Ed Gray, foreground, Peter Daily, partially obscured behind Gray, Richard Wirthlin and Martin Anderson, background. (AP Photo/Saxon)
Mario Cuomo, whose son Andrew is New York's reigning governor, rose to national prominence in 1984 with his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention assailing Ronald Reagan. (Associated Press)
By the time he leaves office in two years, President Obama will be known as the man who was even more successful getting Republicans elected than Ronald Reagan, writes conservative Steve Deace. (Associated Press)