With President Trump gearing up for a historic meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un some are seeing major parallels between Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan. And while there is still much to be accomplished with the North Koreans, the possibility that such an important outcome may take place is a chance for celebration. And the comparisons to Reagan will be fully justified.
Peggy Grande at Fox News explains:
“Critics mocked President Reagan for his past career in the movies and on TV. Many asked: How can an actor be president?
“In typical Ronald Reagan fashion, with an impish smile, the man known as the Great Communicator replied without hesitation: “I don’t know how you can be president and not be an actor.” He didn’t mean that he was just playing the role of president. He meant that he understood that style and presentation are essential elements any president must pay attention to in modern times– and can even help set the stage for substantive success.
“For an example of this, look at the moment President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met for the first time. Reagan walked out on a cold day in Geneva in coat and tie, without a heavy wool overcoat, hat and scarf, as Gorbachev did.
“President Reagan looked robust, vibrant and eagerly youthful, even though he was two decades older than his Soviet counterpart. As they posed for photos, Reagan was tall and confident, towering over a cautious-looking Gorbachev. Visually, the upper hand already belonged to the U.S. president – and the summit hadn’t even officially begun.”
And now President Trump has a chance to do the same thing:
“We know Donald Trump is a showman – he spent 14 seasons as the star of “The Apprentice” reality TV show before he ran for president.
“Showing his theatrical skills, Trump dramatically rode down an escalator in Trump Tower to announce his candidacy for president. He entered the Republican National Convention with a backlit shadow worthy of a top concert or championship boxing match. In both instances, the tone was set and the staging created memorable moments forever imprinted in the minds of those who witnessed them.
“While I doubt there will be showmanship on that level at the summit with Kim Jong Un, I am confident great thought is being given to that initial first impression and image – and will be carefully crafted in a way to benefit our president and give him an upper hand before the first handshake even takes place.”
Only time will tell.