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Two Show Business Presidents

Reagan and Trump have more than a previous screen career in common

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Over the course of 230 years, citizens of the United States have elected only two professional entertainers to the presidency:  Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.   Both possessed an actor’s gifts:  good looks; physical presence; a communicative face, in one man an infectious grin, in the other a much-photographed glow True, they took very different paths to the office. Reagan began as film actor, union president, and pitchman for General Electric Co. He turned to professional politician in his fifties, winning two terms as governor of California. Trump, a real estate developer and marketer, became a television personality in his fifties.