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Peggy Noonan is an author of seven books on politics, religion, and culture, and a weekly columnist for the “Wall Street Journal”. She also was a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan.
Many of Noonan’s writings are informed by a working class sympathy and Roman Catholic spirituality. Notable books include “What I Saw at the Revolution”, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”, and “When Character Was King”, a biography of Ronald Reagan. She has twice been nominated for Emmy Awards for her work on network television’s first tribute to those who’d fallen on September 11, 2001, and for her contributions to NBC’s “The West Wing”.
As a speechwriter for President Reagan, Noonan authored his “Boys of Point Du Hoc” speech on the 40th anniversary of D-day and his address to the nation after the Challenger explosion. Later, while working for then-Vice President George H.W. Bush, Noonan coined the phrase “a kinder, gentler nation” and also popularized “a thousand points of light”, two memorable catchphrases used by Bush. Noonan also wrote the speech in which Bush pledged: “Read my lips: no new taxes” during his 1988 presidential nomination acceptance speech in New Orleans.
Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peggy_Noonan