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This inspiring anecdote could be used to talk about optimism, being positive, presidents, politics, making a difference, leadership, looking on the bright side, thumbs up, Ronald Reagan, and more.
President Ronald Reagan's son, Ronald Reagan Junior, told this story about his father. "(Ronald Reagan) was, as you know, a famously optimistic man. Sometimes such optimism leads you to see the world as you wish it were as opposed to how it really is. At a certain point in his presidency, dad decided he was going to revive the thumbs-up gesture. So he went all over the country, of course, giving everybody the thumbs up.Dory and I found ourselves in the Presidential Limousine one day returning from some bigevent. My mother was there and dad was of course, thumbs ujpping the crowd along the way, and suddenly, looming in the window on his side of the car was this snarling face. This fellow was reviving an entirely different hand gesture. And hoisted an entirely different digit in our direction. Dad saw this and without missing a beat turned to us and said, "You see? I think it's catching on."
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