Ronald Reagan wins the 1980 Presidential election in the United States. President Reagan takes the oath at the United States Capitol building in Washington DC. Seated at a desk while Governor of California, Reagan signs documents. He balances the employment budget and demonstrates his competence in governance. Ronald Reagan with President Richard Nixon. Ronald Reagan with George Herbert Walker Bush. Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan have a debate session before the elections. Newspaper headlines read 'Reagan Landslide' and 'The Reagan Era'. Reagan and Carter during transition between presidents.
Opening scene shows U.S. President Ronald Reagan holding a little girl, and then standing with officials and Secret Service agents, as he prepares to enter a car. Closeup of him smiling. Closeup of President Reagan signing his autograph for spectators in a crowd. Next, Reagan and his wife Nancy are seen on November 4, 1980 waving to supporters at the Century Plaza Hotel, celebrating his election victory as the 40th U.S. President. The President elect says a few words of thanks to them. Views of the crowd cheering. Adopted son, Michael Reagan holds his son Cameron as he and his wife, Colleen Reagan, join Ronald and Nancy Reagan on the stage, followed by daughter Patricia Reagan and son Ron Reagan. The crowd cheers the President elect and his family. At this point the film begins showing images about Ronald Regan's life, starting with baby pictures; his parents; Tampico, Illinois, where he was born; Dixon, where he is seen in a school picture and with boyhood friends. A photograph of "Dutch" Reagan President of his High School Class. Reagan in photo with other members of the Eureka College football team, in Eureka, Illinois. The seal of the college. Pictures of Reagan with college classmates and teammates. Reagan posing in bathing suit when he was swimming team coach. Young Reagan, after graduation, as a sports announcer, sitting at a microphone labeled: "WHO" in Davenport, Iowa. The broadcasting tower of that radio station. A Track and field event taking place. Reagan posing with a pipe in his mouth, at the WHO radio station in Des Moines, Iowa. A baseball game in progress before a full stadium of spectators. In 1937, a Chicago baseball team is seen boarding a ship to a Spring training camp in California. (Narrator states Reagan accompanied them.) Aerial view of buildings at the First National Studios (home of Warner Brothers) in Hollywood. Ronald and Nancy Reagan, circa 1952, being applauded at a gathering when he was President of the Screen Actors Guild. Views of Reagan in U.S. Army uniform. A U.S. Army C-47 aircraft taking off from a field under attack, with fires burning and smoke rising (possibly during Japanese December 7, 1941 attack on installations in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii). U.S. Airmen standing on a ramp next to a Douglas C-47B-1-DL transport aircraft (tail number: 43-16145). What appears to be a ViP version of a B-50 aircraft parked on a ramp with an honor guard at the stairway. Ronald Reagan, in uniform, signing up for active duty. Later, Captain Reagan, U.S. Army Air Forces, is seen with other uniformed men at a gathering in Warner Brothers studios. The entrance of Paramount Pictures studios in Hollywood. A large group of studio employees walking between buildings. Reagan speaking, as President, of the Screen Actors Guild, at an outdoor gathering. Actor Robert Young and film industry executives stand nearby. Reagan, as Chairman of the Motion Picture Industry Council, addresses a dinner gathering of that organization. He is also seen testifying before he House Committee on Un-American activities Committee (HUAC) on October 23, 1947.
Travelogue of southern regions of the United States. Map highlights south regions and Caribbean Islands. Couple seated at picnic table at a State park enjoying a camping trip. The man tends the campfire while the woman writes. A young girl rides a bicycle in a campground, passing by a Recreational Vehicle (RV). A man plays golf at a golf course beside an Atlantic Ocean beach. Aerial view of old plantation style southern home. Women in traditional hoop skirts in front of home. Scenes from a music recording studio. Woman sings at microphone in studio. Technician adjusts levels on recording equipment. Reel to Reel tape making a recording. Dancers dance at a "Country Music USA" show, train passing through a forest. Scenes at amusement park: Flume ride, Roller coaster with loops, Castle at Walt Disney World; Main Street; Monorail, Epcot Center. Rockets, Space Shuttle, hangars and tourist areas at Cape Canaveral of NASA. Person in astronaut flight suit at space center poses with boy and girl visitors. A young woman lying in the sand at a beach tunes her boom box radio, as group plays volleyball behind her on the beach. Low aerial view as speed boat runs on water. Aerial view of Miami Beach and Miami Beach strip areas. A group on the beach getting sailboard lessons. A flamingo close-up. An orca whale pushes a man into the air during a sea aquarium show. Couple receives drinks poolside from a waitress. A couple on a hotel patio overlooking ocean. Men and women dancing at a discotheque or disco or dance club in typical 1980s fashions. People tour marshlands; a group in an airboat; tourists on paddle wheel steam boat Natchez and touring streets of downtown New Orleans Louisiana in horse drawn carriage. People have beignets and coffee at Cafe Du Monde. New Orleans night street scenes and Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs. Footage from boat on a swamp in Cajun country. Cajun restaurant kitchen scene with crawfish etouffee being prepared. Dancing to cajun band.
Presents travelogue of regions of United States. Pictures show sites located in New York, New England and Mid Atlantic States. In Manhattan, views of Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, New York City skyscrapers, plane flying in sky over Manhattan. Monuments, shopping areas, Carnegie Hall, pedestrians in New York City. A trainer teaches aerobics. Times Square and clubs and theaters of Broadway at night with lighted neon signs. Aerials and ground views of skyscrapers in New York City. View of Niagara Falls. Yacht at river in Boston. Buildings in the background. People in boats and outside cafe in Maine or New England, with fishing boats providing Lobster. Horse-drawn carriage, beaches, casinos and State House in Pennsylvania. Amish carriage pulled by a horse on roads in Pennsylvania. View of Atlantic City beach and casinos and hotels. Monuments in Washington DC including White House, Washington Monument, Statue of LIncoln in Lincoln Memorial, U.S. Capitol building viewed from grounds of Washington Monument. View of fossils inside Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Spirit of '76 and space vehicles seen in Air and Space Museum. Planes on tarmac at Washington National Airport with Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument in background. Travelers at airport rental car counters for Hertz and National. Small hotel or Inn in Virginia. Virginia countryside and view of Monticello. People in historic costume on horses, with carriages, and on foot in Colonial Williamsburg.
United States President Richard Nixon at a press conference answers media persons in Orlando, Florida. President Nixon stands on a podium and answers the press reporters. A press reporter asks him questions about the energy crisis and why it had not been foreseen earlier. President Nixon discusses the reasons for energy crisis. He talks about alternate sources of energy and his goal that he calls "Energy Independence 1980." He insists on effective use of coal and natural gas and says that coal can be made a clean fuel and mined in ways that it does not destroy landscape. He talks about development of shale oil in Colorado. He advocates deregulation of natural gas to encourage exploration. He speaks about the use of nuclear power to meet increasing energy demands. Around 5:40 he addresses the actions of Arab nations (OPEC), and also speaks of Venezuela and Canada, and says the United States should not have to depend on any other country for energy.
U.S. President Ronald Reagan at the White House in Washington DC. President Ronald Reagan gives a speech on the Defense Budget. He speaks about the Defense Program America needs. President Reagan states that the American security should be prepared for all situations. An animation shows 'Intercontinental Missiles'. Intermediate Range Weapons from 1978-1982. An animation shows the difference in production of submarines, artillery and weapons between the United States and the Soviets. An animated picture shows the 'Soviet Communications Intelligence Facility'. The Soviet Weaponry Sandino Airfield, Nicaragua. An airfield under construction in Grenada. President Reagan in his speech states that the American military force should be ready to respond to any emergency situation. An animated graph shows the percent of budget from 1960-1980. At the end of the speech President Ronald Reagan asks for America's prayers and support.