Reagan was very well read and knew his history. Those that scoffed and discounted him as a lightweight had no idea about the background he came furnished with. Reagan's enemies called his campaign "Bedtime for Bonzo." They didn't realize this guy in many ways knew more than they did.
This is a hard act to follow. At the time, I didn't know much about Reagans background or why he was so good. It was only later that I learned about all this stuff he did before anybody took notice.
God Bless you Mr. Reagan. I intend to see you someday in Heaven.
In 1982 at the depth of the recession as Reagan and Volker fought to bring the USofA back from what Carter had left, Sam Donaldson [ABC News] asked at a press conference; "Mr. President, in talking about the continuing recession tonight, you have blamed mistakes in the past and you have blamed the Congress. Does any of the blame belong to you?" To which Reagan retorted: "Yes because for many years I was a Democrat!"