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William F. Buckley, Jr.'s The Reagan I Knew: Featuring a Commentary by L. Brent Bozell III

Recorded on February 4, 2009

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

In The Reagan I Knew, the late William F. Buckley, Jr. offers a reminiscence of thirty years of friendship with the man who brought the American conservative movement out of the political wilderness and into the White House.  Ronald Reagan and Buckley were political allies and close friends throughout Reagan's political career.  They went on vacations together and shared inside jokes.  When Reagan was elected President, Buckley wrote him to say that Reagan should not offer him any position in the new administration; Reagan wrote back saying he had hoped to appoint Buckley U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (then under Soviet occupation).  For the rest of his term, Reagan called Buckley "Mr. Ambassador."  On the day the Soviets withdrew, he wrote Buckley to congratulate him for single-handedly driving out the red Army "without ever leaving Kabul."  Reagan and Buckley understood and taught each other for decades, and together they changed history.

Join us as syndicated columnist, television commentator, author and publisher L. Brent Bozell III, Founder and President of the Media Research Center, reflects on the relationship between these two political giants as chronicled in this most revealing portrait by the late William F. Buckley, Jr.