Howard Baker, Jr.'s nephew on his life, political legacy

Howard Baker, Jr.'s nephew on his life, political legacy

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News Channel 11 caught up with William Wampler, Jr., the nephew of the late Howard Baker, Jr., who discussed his uncle’s life and political legacy.

“When Uncle Howard was President Reagan’s Chief of Staff, President Reagan delegated a lot and one of the things that Uncle Howard as Chief of Staff said is ‘I want to read all of President Reagan’s speeches,’ Wampler said. “So, when President Reagan went to Berlin to tell Mr. Gorbachev to “tear that wall down,” perhaps one of President Reagan’s most famous lines, Uncle Howard, as Chief of Staff, had deleted that line from the President’s speech, saying ‘it’s not presidential. Presidents don’t say that on foreign soil. You are on foreign soil and we have to get you back home safely.’”

Wampler said that President Reagan being the actor he is really liked the line and wrote it back into the margin.

“That is one humorous point of an otherwise distinguished career,” he said.

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