Yeah, I'm not saying that's never going to be the subject of a CSW story... But it's a level of detail I'm not quite prepared to deal with right now
Harlan Gray Hunter was the 40th President of the United States, serving from 1981 to 1989. Prior to that he was captain in the United States Army, congressman and Governor of his home state Indiana. A dyed in the wool Republican, Hunter campaigned against his predecessor Carnegie on a Cold War platform, claiming the Democrat had been too soft on the communists and implicitly accusing him of letting the Second Revolution happen on his watch. Hunter's presidency was marked by the communist renaissance and the charismatic Republican positioned himself as a staunch capitalist bulwark standing against the Soviet bloc, to the point where for the better part of a decade the Cold War seemed almost a purely personal conflict between Harlan Hunter and Alexa Zhadanova. Hunter and the 'Red Witch' met in person only a memorable handful of times but despite their ideological antagonism developed a remarkable insight into each other's personalities, which ultimately lead to the two receiving the Nobel Peace Prize together in 1989. Hunter was famously quoted as saying "I understand her [Zhadanova] better than I do my own wife". Zhadanova meanwhile said of the President that "in another life, in a better world, Comrade Hunter could have been my brother". It should be noted that Zhadanova did not bandy the term 'comrade' around as lightly as some other communists, reserving it exclusively for those she saw as brothers in arms. Hunter's second term ended in 1989; Zhadanova retired the premiership and indeed from public life only a year later.
In his first term Hunter ordered an invasion of Colombia, pushed through a number of civil rights reforms that enraged some of his more conservative supporters and famously survived an attempt to hijack Air Force One whilst he and his staff were aboard; the attempt was the first high-profile operation by the fledgling international terror syndicate WRAITH and set the trend for the kind of spectacular high-risk high-stakes plots favoured by its leader, Malcolm Kroner. The hijacking failed (a sensational rumor that the President played a key role in foiling the kidnappers was downplayed by the White House), but it wasn't until a year later the FBI discovered that WRAITH financiers made billions of dollars short-selling American stock during the panicked few hours of the kidnapping. At the same time however the plot ensured that Hunter was reelected in a landslide in 1984. His second term was primarily marked by foreign affairs, notably the first wide-scale hunt for WRAITH, the First Gulf War, and the negotiation of a series of strategic arms and outer space control treaties with the Soviet Union.
Harlan Hunter ranks highly in public opinion polls of U.S. Presidents and is credited for generating an ideological renaissance on the American political right.