February 10, 1995 |
Once, in her role as speech writer, Peggy Noonan articulated the thoughts of Presidents. Those were her words Ronald Reagan spoke at Normandy--"These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs." After the space shuttle Challenger exploded live on TV, killing seven astronauts, that was her speech Reagan delivered, so aptly quoting a poem about those who "slipped the surly bonds of Earth" to "touch the face of God."
February 10, 1995 |
Although her ideological sinews cross with his, former Republican speech writer Peggy Noonan is good cop to House Speaker Newt Gingrich's bad cop, the soothing purr versus the scratchy hair shirt. Noonan, with her soft, disarming, chummy television manner, is the conservative version of using women and children to shield the troops. It's not fair, but it works. This is no trudging babushka, though.
July 3, 1994 |
In case you'd filed the name away with Strategic Defense Initiative and floppy bow ties for women, Peggy Noonan is the one who morphed from news producer for Dan Rather to speech writer for Ronald Reagan and documented her reincarnation in the rosily titled "What I Saw at the Revolution." (Her political memoir earned Noonan tags like "poet laureate of resurgent Republicanism."
July 28, 1991
Peggy Noonan's purported review was hardly that at all. It was, indeed, an archconservative polemic set out to rewrite history. She quotes Joe McCarthy, who she agrees was "vulgar and demagogic," for the purpose of attributing "common sense" to his campaign of fear and intimidation. Does she think that events have no context, that words may be cut and pasted irrespective of their initial intent? Perhaps she wishes that the public had a memory as faulty as one of her former employers.
May 25, 1990
Well golly gee, goody gum drops, I'm glad to see that an interview with Peggy, excuse me, Noonan rates up there with the global issues ("Peggy Noonan, the Woman Who Gave Presidents the Word," Opinion, May 6). Old Peggy is really a point of light! I liked her comments on feminism and how she's real hip, and at the same time aware that she did fill a slot as a "woman speech writer." She even admitted that she "tends toward" males with "authoritative personas." What a surprise!
May 6, 1990 |
Since the summer night in New Orleans when he accepted the Republican nomination for President, two terms have followed George Bush: "a thousand points of light" and "a kinder, gentler nation." They have provided fodder for cartoonists and columnists, served as inspiration to faithful followers, been used ironically by fierce foes. But they have not been forgotten. They are the product of Peggy Noonan's pen.