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Searching for Stability: February–July 1987

  • Robert Busby

Abstract

The President’s recovery from the Iran-Contra calamity proved to be slow and arduous, an elongated and painful slog on both a political and public front. Dramatic events thrust the scandal ever more prominently into public view — Chief of Staff Donald Regan resigned in the wake of the aforementioned Tower Commission Report, and televised Congressional hearings investigated the Iran-Contra operations. A number of familiar issues came to the fore during this phase of the recovery. President Reagan was under pressure to take a firm grasp of the situation, and for the first time his leadership qualities emerged. He gave an authoritative speech and conducted an error-free press conference, welcome contrast with the difficulties of November. Yet, his denials and explanation were insufficient to overcome widespread doubt about his declarations of innocence.

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Damage Control American People Approval Rating Congressional Hearing Gallup Poll 
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© Robert Busby 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Busby
    • 1
  1. 1.Liverpool Hope University CollegeUK

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