Below is a short excerpt from one of the newest books about Ronald Reagan out there. It was provided to me by the good folks at The Back Cover books blog here at the paper. It’s for kids, sells for $16.95, and is by Susan Allen, wife of the former governor and senator, George Allen. Parts of it remind me of an early-1980s Root Boy Slim tune, “Cowboy Out in the Sun (Too Long).” You can listen to a snippet of that here.
“After Reagan’s eight years as governor, he and Nancy bought a large ranch in the mountains outside Santa Barbara, California. They named it ‘Rancho del Cielo,’ which is Spanish for ‘Ranch in the Sky.’ The ranch was a place where Reagan could pull on his boots, put on a cowboy hat, and clear his mind with hard work and horseback rides.
It was a beautiful place where he could unwind enjoy private time with Nancy, and entertain family and friends. To Reagan it really was heaven on earth — and another one of his dreams come true.
As much as he enjoyed the ranch, Reagan knew he must do more to make American stronger. In 1976 he made a big decision — he would run for president of the United States! Reagan didn’t win that race, but he tried again four years later. This time millions of Americans elected Ronald Reagan to be the 40th president of the United States.”
As you might imagine, a lot gets left out. The book devotes exactly 37 words to Reagan’s eight years as California governor, and eight pages of mostly pictures to his presidency. There are two pages and 130 words about his attempted assassination in 1981. But nothing about Iran-Contra, or the many other scandals the Reagan Administration was implicated in.
Your challenge today is, knowing everything you know about Roanald Reagan, write a different passage for the book that mimics Allen’s tone and covers something she left uncovered (which is pretty much everything). Put your passage in the comments here.
The funniest passage will win the book!