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"Didn't I tell that story a time or two? Do they remember?"

Donald Regan, aide and friend to [President] Ronald Reagan, died on June 10th, 2003,m aged 84. He was appointed Secretary of Treasury, then Chief of Staff by Ronald Reagan

AP: When Donald Regan became President Ronald Reagan's chief of staff in 1985 he remarked, “I'll be doing the whole thing now.” The “whole thing” that Mr Regan had in mind was to be in charge of the president's public life. It had been usual before he was appointed for the president to have a circle of close advisers, each in an important-sounding job and each competing for his ear. But Mr Regan, a former businessman, believed that the White House urgently needed one strong manager who would give the president dependable support. He said that Mr Reagan, a former film actor, “regarded his daily schedule as being something like a shooting script in which characters came and went, scenes were rehearsed and acted out, and the plot was advanced one day at a time.” The chief of staff, Mr Regan said, had to make sure that “the star had what he needed to do his best”, guided by a “crew, invisible behind the lights, watching the performance their behind-the-scenes efforts made possible”. There is a story that Mr Regan would arrive in the Oval Office each morning with a fresh joke to get the president in the mood to face the toils of stardom. Whether true or not, the story was believed.
35 year career with American Express ®, culminated with Regan's leading role as Chairman of the Board.

== The Dark Side of Donald Regan's Humor ==

"We do many things at the federal level that would be considered dishonest and illegal if done in the private sector." ~ Donald T. Regan

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul