Sometimes looking at just what famous faces came to meet a President can suggest the man in the White House as being one who knows what’s up with the people outside the gates of what Harry Truman called, ‘the great white prison. At the least, a glimpse of what celebrities (once known as “the celebrated”) came to the White House as the guest of a President and First Lady can serve as a snapshot of Pop Culture of a particular era, a veritable time capsule of those authors the public were reading, the journalists and dramatists they were listening to on the radio, or the stars and celebrities they were watching on television. By this standard, few Presidents better succeeded than did Ronald Reagan in those Acquisitive Eighties.
Judging by the wide range of Television Sitcom and Dramatic Series actors and actresses that he and First Lady Nancy Reagan, (themselves former feature film and TV stars), invited to glittery state dinners and other events during their White House years from 1981 to 1989, they seemed to have a finger on the nation’s pulse – or at least its T.V. dial.
And though she had long been off the boob-tube by the time Reagan was President, a certain lady who lived in a bottle surely deserves an after-thought of honorable mention…..
- Ronald Reagan & Bette Davis: Oppositional Co-Stars (carlanthonyonline.com)
- Michael Douglas, Ronald Reagan: Actor Cast As Late President In ‘Reykjavik’ (news.moviefone.com)
- Nancy Reagan, Now 91, Still First Lady Of GOP (wibw.com)
- Fox News predicts surprise ‘hologram of Ronald Reagan’ at RNC (rawstory.com)
- Nancy Reagan, now 91, still first lady of GOP (cbsnews.com)
- Wisdom And War – Ronald Reagan (catholicconservatives.wordpress.com)
- Mario Piperni on the New Gipper (seniorsforademocraticsociety.wordpress.com)