In just a few days, seven of Ronald Reagan's eight years as President will be history with him probably being credited as being the luckiest chief executive that ever lived/survived! Far from the best, even further from the worst, he has led a charmed two terms in office, starting out with the release of the hostages in Iran on his inauguration day.
His administrations have seen more presidential appointees forced to leave important positions, and now close friends and helpers like Lyn Nofziger and Michael Deaver face possible prison terms for their shenanigans.
Ollie North and John Poindexter and the Iran-Contra follies have come and gone, although indictments are still possible with predictable pardons a strong possibility. Most Americans still believe Reagan knew everything that went on despite his denials.
He presided over the worst stock market crash in our history, the largest federal budgets and deficits known to date, the havoc in the Marine barracks in Lebanon and countless other debacles.