February 6, 2007

A governor smarter than expected

One of my favorite anecdotes about Ronald Reagan, from a profile written by historian Garry Wills for the New York Times Sunday magazine and published in August 1996 --

In one of (Reagan's) favorite stories, a student issued him this challenge: "You didn't grow up in an era of space travel, of jet travel, of cybernetics, of computers figuring out in seconds what it used to take men years to figure out."
Reagan's response?
"It's true ... we didn't grow up, my generation, with those things. We invented them."

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