07/08/1985 at 01:00 AM EDT
I voted for the other fellow," President Reagan told the 200 guests at an elegant fund raiser for the John F. Kennedy Library. "But when the battle's over and the ground is cooled," he added, "it's then that you see the opposing general's valor." Senator Ted Kennedy, the host at his McLean, Va. home, responded that the Reagans' presence proved "we are Americans first." Quipped Ethel Kennedy's son Joseph, "It's what Reagan's been doing anyway—the son of a gun—reaching out to Democrats around the country."