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Managing editor Michael Harris.

Not everyone can see eye-to-eye with our president, but on Thursday he came across as a champ.

No, I'm not about to make some witty poke at Donald Trump like it seems so many want to do, he really was a champ when he spoke to D-Day veterans in France when he said: "You are the pride of our nation. You are the glory of our republic. And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts." 

Right on point. 

He talked to us about the heroism of Private Russell Pickett saying "Private Pickett, you honor us all by your presence." 

Let's face it, Trump can be abrasive at times. He speaks his mind. It may not come out the right way and many feel that's the case all the time.

But one of the D-Day vets made the best statement about how Trump speaks.

"He don't tell you two and two is five; he's going tell you two and two is four," said Joe Scida, 94, of Pennsylvania. "This guy, I like."

Scida was a Navy veteran, who like our own Aiken Standard team member Margie Bennett's father William Lunsford, helped get soldiers and equipment to the beaches.

But on Thursday, the at-times loose cannon played everything the right way.

Relations between France and the U.S. haven't great either lately, but you have to give it up for French President Emmanuel Macron and Trump. In their speeches, nothing was them, it was about the guys sitting behind them – as it should be.

But here's the fun fact, all of the Trump critics – including Dems – found nothing to get critical about. A breath of no air, thank goodness.

One of Trump's harshest critics, CNN's Jim Acosta, said he "did the right thing." MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, a fervent critic of Trump's said “[He] delivered what, again, I believe is the strongest speech of his presidency."

Personally, and I might get hammered by this, but what the heck. I was a big fan way back in the time machine of President Ronald Reagan – our whole family was.

Reagan could crack out a heck of a speech, he wasn't called "The Great Communicator" for nothing. He always was witty and charismatic … and that made him work very well with foreign leaders like Margaret Thatcher (although that was a given, they were best pals from the start.)

But Reagan got along well – to an extent – with then-Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev. Take a moment, I know you want to do it, Trump and Vlad Putin are getting along too. Let's not go there right now.

The speech Trump delivered Thursday in France, was very Reagan-esque.

And there is nothing wrong with that, we always could use a little Ronald Reagan once in awhile.