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Teflon and toxicity

News analysis | A momentous week in Washington brings acquittal for Trump, angst for Democrats, and acrimony for many
by Jamie Dean
Posted 2/13/20, 01:09 pm

As Patricia Schroeder cooked eggs for her children one morning in 1983, the Democratic congresswoman from Colorado contemplated her non-stick pan and created a moniker for President Ronald Reagan. 

In a speech on the House floor, Schroeder called Reagan a “Teflon” president—nothing seemed to stick to him. Schroeder didn’t mean it as a compliment, but the nickname stuck. Admirers of Reagan later said he transcended criticism in part because of his calm demeanor. 

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