That's So Reagan

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This made the rounds on the Web yesterday, but John Meroney has unearthed rare footage of Ronald Reagan acting alongside James Dean in a live, 1954 broadcast for General Electric Theater. Meroney posted the video to the Atlantic Culture Channel.


The roles are fitting. Reagan plays a doctor; Dean, a sniveling young punk who shows up at the home of the future president, seeking medical treatment for his shot friend. If Reagan doesn't embody the self-sufficience andpersonal responsibility of the conservative movement here, I don't know what does:

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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