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Riding The Tiger

“I discovered that being a President is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or be swallowed.” Harry S. Truman

This Day in History: Happy Birthday, Gipper

Head Shot of President Reagan during a meeting with members of Congress, 1983.

Head Shot of President Reagan during a meeting with members of Congress, 1983. Photo courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration, PD.

On this day in 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan (a.k.a. “Dutch,” “The Gipper,” “The Great Communicator”) was born in Tampico, IL. Check out the Miller Center’s resources on the Reagan Presidency:

  • The Ronald Reagan Oral History project includes some forty-five interviews with those most closely involved in Reagan’s political career, including Cabinet members, White House staff, and campaign advisors. Among those interviewed are Richard Allen, Frank Carlucci, James Miller, George Shultz, William Webster, and Caspar Weinberger.
  • Listen to and watch some of the most important speeches delivered by President Reagan.
  • Read in-depth essays on Reagan’s presidency.