WednesdoyMoy 19, 1976
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday... May .:..1. 17 THE M.A A, , .....
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ii it important the crowd before making a few closing remarks the thrill of the
homecoming filled the air to the ever repeating strains of "The
in whistle sent the
with Secret Service
od relaxed again
heir orassy sound.
" appeared in foil
d locomotive. Signs
, and the President
ents and urged the
e had started.
orters and photog-
asitions across the
luced a few friends
t and his wife step-
n a crowd eager to
is they reached for
meras whirled and
id as the President
hands, stopping for
ted wearily. He was
he image with the
had 'one off and
ias. As he surveyed
THE CAMPAIGN rhetoric had been kept short, but it was
clear he wanted to be portrayed as Michigan's President. No men-
tion of the danger of a Reagan upset or the recent setbacks was
made to disturb the festive mood. Serious affairs could wait as
the President once again scanned the "Michigan heartland"
The crowd hushed again as the President started to speak,
"This is only a one day trip, but it's the beginning of a great
trip from now to November 2 when we're going to win the -
The crowd went wild. The man who never sought election
outside of Grand Rapids swept the crowd into an excited frenzy.
The train strated up; the man and the woman on the back
waved to the crowd. "We need your help Tuesday,' echoed the
voice from the loudspeakers perched on top of the train.
He had taken the gamble. If it would pay off no one could
tell. For that he would have to wait.
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