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Patrick Oliphant, born 1935  Search this
Ronald Wilson Reagan, 6 Feb 1911 - 5 Jun 2004  Search this
India ink over pencil
Sheet: 29.4 x 44.8cm (11 9/16 x 17 5/8")
Mat (horizontal): 40.6 x 55.9cm (16 x 22")
Exhibition Label:
In 1976, when Ronald Reagan ran for the Republican presidential nomination, many opinion leaders, editorial writers, and editorial cartoonists, such as Australian born Pat Oliphant, viewed him as a cardboard figure with about as much depth as a movie poster. Oliphant's assessment of Reagan's qualifications did not take account of the two terms he served as governor of California, the country's most populous state. Some Americans celebrated Reagan's steadfast anti-Communism and consistent view of the Cold War, dating back to 1948, when he was president of Hollywood's Screen Actors Guild. Others opposed him as a dangerous and extreme right winger, a warmonger who would transform the Cold War into World War III. Historians now debate the significance of the Reagan presidency, but few dismiss the fortieth president as a shallow movie actor.
Exterior  Search this
Cartoon\Political  Search this
Ronald Wilson Reagan: Male  Search this
Ronald Wilson Reagan: Literature\Writer  Search this
Ronald Wilson Reagan: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor  Search this
Ronald Wilson Reagan: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Ronald Wilson Reagan: Politics and Government\Governor\California  Search this
Ronald Wilson Reagan: Communications\Broadcast Journalist\Sportscaster  Search this
Ronald Wilson Reagan: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Ronald Wilson Reagan: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Susan Corn Conway, in honor of Alan Fern, on behalf of Patrick Oliphant
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