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Ronald Reagan

Quoted by Gerald Gardner in All the Presidents' Witts (Morrow), in Reader's Digest.

Ronald Reagan, recalling an occasion when he was governor of California and made a speech in Mexico City:

"After I had finished speaking, I sat down to rather unenthusiastic applause, and I was a little embarrassed. The speaker who followed me spoke in Spanish&md;which I didn't understand&md;and he was being applauded about every paragraph. To hide my embarrassment, I started clapping before everyone else and longer than anyone else until our ambassador leaned over and said, &ls;I wouldn't do that if I were you. He's interpreting your speech.'"