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Reagan Remembered: A Democrat at Ronald Reagan's Inaugural

Ronald Reagan's first inauguration as president in 1981 had Californians in a tizzy, especially Republicans. But Democrats, too, as I can attest.

As a Californian, I hotfooted it over to my only well-connected Republican friend and begged for tickets to the Kennedy Center California Ball and the candlelight dinner. I got the tickets, but I was warned that there wasn't a chance in hell of getting a glimpse of the man of the hour.

"Pat, you have to be a big-money Republican to get near either Ronald or Nancy at this event. A Democrat like you doesn't stand a chance."

"Let's make a bet," I said.

"I'll bet you as much as you say, Pat."

"How about a dollar?" I said, losing faith in myself.

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