Reagan: 'Making America great' the first time

Reagan: 'Making America great' the first time



22 May 2019


Auditorium, Level 1 Admin Building, City Rd corner Eastern Ave, The University of Sydney


Public event



Donald Trump was not the first presidential candidate to want to ''Make America Great Again". Ronald Reagan's successful 1980 campaign led with the same pledge before the former Hollywood actor, union leader and California governor won office and undoubtedly changed the country and its politics throughout his eight years in the White House. But is that where the similarities between the 40th and 45th presidents end?

Former executive assistant to Ronald Reagan, Peggy Grande, discussed the man, the president and his lasting impact on politics today during a public event hosted by the United States Studies Centre. USSC Non-Resident Senior Fellow and former US congressional advisor Bruce Wolpe moderated the discussion.


  • Peggy Grande
    Peggy Grande
    Author, Fox News contributor

    Peggy Grande is author of The President Will See You Now: My Stories and Lessons from Ronald Reagan's Final Years. She is also a contributor for Fox News, a keynote speaker and political consultant. She was the executive assistant to US President Ronald Reagan from 1989 to 1999.

  • Bruce Wolpe
    Bruce Wolpe
    Non-Resident Senior Fellow, United States Studies Centre

    Bruce Wolpe is a Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the United States Studies Centre. Bruce is a regular contributor on US politics across media platforms in Australia. In recent years, Bruce has worked with the Democrats in Congress during President Barack Obama's first term, and on the staff of Prime Minister Julia Gillard. He has also served as the former PM's chief of staff.