STAR: MSU-Meridian's Bates pens Reagan book

Last week, the Merdian Star talked to MSU-Meridian assistant professor Toby Glenn Bates about his new book, "The Reagan Rhetoric: History and Memory in 1980s America":

The cover of the book has a picture of President Ronald Reagan on it. He is wearing a dress shirt, and a tie, with the shirt neatly tucked into a pair of gray sweatpants.

The photo was taken aboard Air Force One, and a grinning Reagan is holding a bumper sticker that reads: "Rambo is a Republican."

The image says a lot about Reagan as well as the 1980s -- so does the book, "The Reagan Rhetoric: History and Memory in 1980s America," by Toby Glenn Bates.

Bates, assistant professor of history at Mississippi State University Meridian Campus, says Reagan would change into sweatpants on Air Force One so that his pants wouldn't get wrinkled before his next stop. He believed he should always look presidential.

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