Power Of The Picture Essay

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One of the most memorable moments in Presidential history is that of the speech Ronald Reagan gave in 1984 on the cliffs of Normandy commemorating the soldiers of World War II and D-Day. The speech, though remembered, remains an after thought to the image of Reagan standing overlooking the cliffs and saluting the soldiers (usnews.com). A speech that was said to have brought tears to men eyes is never spoken about without painting the image of Reagan standing on that cliff. Throughout history political leaders have been expected to be in the spotlight. As a profession it calls for many public appearances and it allows little time outside of the public eye, however as time progresses and technology advances leaders are under the lens more and more now. And they seem to welcome the attention not only in their professional lives, but also in their private lives. Whether the medium is television, newspapers, or the internet, the more views the better. At any given time there are archives of hundreds of thousands of pictures of various political leaders from all around the world just waiting to be double clicked. These pictures are not coincidental, nor are they a new trend. The media is an important, almost crucial part of a political leader’s career. It was during Ronald Reagan’s two terms as President of the United States that the power of the picture became an integral part of political campaigning. With the help of his media managers, Ronald Reagan was able to seduce America through pictures, and became one of the most successful and popular Presidents in American history. Born in Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911 Ronald Wilson Reagan was born to John and Nelle Reagan. He gained his infamous nickname “Dutch” at birth, when his father exclaimed how much he resembled a “little Dutchman”. The name stuck and was eventually shortened to Dutch by Ronald

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