Playing the Game: The Presidential Rhetoric of Ronald Reagan

Synopsis

Playing the Game offers an exploration of the rhetoric of the "Reagan Revolution." The book fully explores how the rhetoric supported, impeded, and affected Reagan's policy goals and political success. Stuckey shows how Reagan's use of language in his public speech was instrumental in the creation of the "Teflon Presidency," and how use of this language created a situation where by the President would not remain unscathed forever--as was the case in 1986. The data for this volume includes speeches, remarks, addresses, statements, memorandums, and other forms of public speech during the Reagan years.