Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004), popularly called Dutch or The Great Communicator, was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). Born in Illinois, Reagan moved to Los Angeles, California in the 1930s, where he was an actor, president of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and a spokesman for General Electric (GE). After Jimmy Carter's unsuccessful attempts to deal with the Iranian hostage crisis, the United States opted for the more hawkish Reagan to restore America's hegemony abroad. Reagan changed domestic economic policies to reflect the teachings of the Chicago School of Economics and unleashed the Strategic Defense Initiative, a system to defend against any possible Soviet nuclear missile attack. The resulting American economic boom and growth in military power helped bring about the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union.
The Republicans of Jefferson, who leaned just a little to the right of Attila the Hun, favored Reagan over all other candidates in the state primary. Conversely, the Democrats of Jefferson considered Reagan a dangerous lunatic, and were convinced the country was doomed when he won the election.
Bill Williamson, a Jefferson state legislator, met Governor Reagan a few times in the early 1970s. When Reagan was elected President, Williamson, now Governor of his own state, reassured fellow Democrats that Reagan wasn't as foolish as he seemed.
Dutch was a radio broadcaster in Des Moines, Iowa in the 1930s. He broadcast football games, and had a tremendous talent for capturing and holding audiences' attention by making every play sound exciting. Cincinnatus Driver was a fan of Dutch, thinking of him as a "great communicator."
While Dutch's true name is not given, the text makes fairly clear who he is.