"Reagan's 'secret weapon' as a communicator was the depth with which he believed in what he was saying. Listeners could feel his sincerity, and it persuaded them," writes Rudolph Giuliani in the New York Post:
What anyone trying to understand Ronald Reagan must grasp is that everything about him was real. And that's what resonated with the American people. All this love he had for the country and the spirit of America, all his patriotism — it came from his heart and his soul.
Yes, he was an actor. But when he became president, the role he was acting was the essence of Ronald Reagan.
Ronald Reagan's great contributions are defeating communism, liberating Eastern Europe, and changing the nature of domestic politics. All these are historical facts that make him a great president.
But Ronald Reagan's most lasting contribution was restoring the American spirit. Even more than the individual achievements themselves, he reminded us that we are capable of great accomplishments.