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Ronald Reagan
Raised poor, didn't know it
Athletic, thought poorly of government
Became a disc jockey and an actor
Hollywood didn't know what to think of him
People pleaser, great communicator
Stopped acting, got involved in politics

His mission was to end Communism
He was the oldest to be President
He said government was not the solution
He said government was the problem

Became governor of California
With a surplus, gave rebates to everyone
After five years of running, elected President
Shot and wounded, nearly assassinated
Tensions rising, with the Soviets
The Iran Contra affair raised questions

His mission was to end Communism
He was the oldest to be President
He said government was not the solution
He said government was the problem

Nominated O'Connor
First woman on the Supreme Court
His eight years saw prosperity
Inflation dip, drop in unemployment
But caused the debt to soar
Expanding the military
He tried to help with lots of tax cuts
and trickle down economics

Bombed Libya, invaded Grenada
He said Gorbachev, tear down that wall
And soon Communism would fall
Still popular when he left office
Alzheimer's would get him in the end
But his legacy is still strong today

His mission was to end Communism
He was the oldest to be President
He said government was not the solution
He said government was the problem

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from The Presidents of the United States of America (Volume 3), released February 18, 2013
Matt Beat

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Electric Needle Room are an indie pop band based in Lawrence, Kansas. It is mostly a solo project for Matt Beat, but his brother, Steven Beat, also helps with percussion. Emcee DL, Bryan Poole, Dave Thomas, and Chris Huggard have all helped the band with live performances throughout its history. ... more

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