Local Man Recalls Reagan Legacy

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

President Ronald Reagan's death Saturday night has sparked a flood of tributes from across the globe, while many South Central Kentuckians remember the 40th President's legacy as well.

WKU political science professor Dr. Ed Yager has spent more than two years researching and writing a book about Reagan's conversion from a New Deal Democrat to conservative Republican icon. Dr. Yager says Reagan's political success stemmed from an independent spirit, and a self-deprecating sense of humor.

"He was able to advance his personal principles in a highly effective manner, without being mean-spirited about it," Yager said.

"He always reached out- and he was able to work with his political opposition."

Dr. Yager says Reagan's status among past presidents has grown as the time since his presidency has passed, and Yager says Reagan may one day be placed in the "near-great" tier of presidents alongside Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt.

"I personally think that Reagan was a great president in the 20th century, of all American presidents, but especially in the 20th century," Yager said.

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