Reaganesque exhortation


Senior Member
In his first address to a joint session of Congress, Mr. Obama mixed an acknowledgment of the depth of the economic problems with a Reaganesque exhortation to American resilience. He offered an expansive agenda followed by a pledge to begin paring an ever-climbing budget deficit.
What is the meaning of phrases in bold?
  • Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    Former President Ronald Reagan had been an actor in his younger years, before politics. As such, he had the ability to emote. He would exhort his "fellow Americans" to be resilient in the face of economic difficulties by appealing to their emotions, by challenging them to stand up and be strong.

    As for the second phrase in bold, can you please say what you think it means?
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