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doesn't change a thing 05.Jun.2004 14:30

doesn't change a thing

doesn't change a thing

Well, he was not really a villain... 05.Jun.2004 14:41

Tony Blair's dog

just a stupid puppet.

It was Daddy Bush who was running things as vice president
at that time.

But hey, it's the same scenario as we have today!

Daddy Bush and cronies are running things with a stupid
puppet as front.

Sorry 05.Jun.2004 14:43

already partying

Sorry, ace, I think most of the country is rejoicing the passing of a president that pissed on American citizens for 8 years.

May Reagan rot in hell.

Hilarious 05.Jun.2004 14:44

UabUab

Did anyone see the cnn article early this morning about Reagan's faltering health. The quote from this morning in the article from someone close to the family said, "It's not like he's going to die tomorrow."

Gloating over someones death is pretty useless 05.Jun.2004 15:00

eee

You're just being mean and spitefull to his family and friends, not to anyone else.

Over the past few years, I've really enjoyed listening to Ron Reagan Jr's comments on the Bush administration. I know he's a northester and I think he's a good guy. A bigger man than you, no doubt.

"The Bush people have no right to speak for my father, particularly because of the position he's in now," he said during a recent interview with Salon. "Yes, some of the current policies are an extension of the '80s. But the overall thrust of this administration is not my father's -- these people are overly reaching, overly aggressive, overly secretive, and just plain corrupt. I don't trust these people."
-- http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2003/04/14/ron_reagan/index_np.html

It's pretty clear to me that he doesn't deserve to have his fathers death mocked. I mean really, what is gloating over his death going to accomplish? He's dead, he won't hear you. He's been wasting away with alzheimer's disease for many years. Gloating over his death is just being a jerk to people who don't deserve the added pain, simply because they're related to the man.

Former President Ronald Reagan Dies at 93 05.Jun.2004 15:02

TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent

Former President Ronald Reagan Dies at 93

7 minutes ago


By TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON - Ronald Reagan (news - web sites), the cheerful crusader who devoted his presidency to winning the Cold War, trying to scale back government and making people believe it was "morning again in America," died Saturday after a long twilight struggle with Alzheimer's disease (news - web sites). He was 93.

Reagan's body was expected to be taken to his presidential library and museum in Simi Valley, Calif., and then flown to Washington to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. His funeral was expected to be at the National Cathedral, an event likely to draw world leaders. The body was to be returned to California for a sunset burial at his library.

The family had turned to making funeral arrangements, a friend of the family said.

In Paris, White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan said President Bush (news - web sites) was notified of Reagan's death in Paris at about 4:10 p.m., EDT, by White House chief of staff Andy Card, who learned of the death from Fred Ryan, Reagan's former California chief of staff.

The United States flag over the White House was lowered to half staff within an hour.

The White House was told his health had taken a turn for the worse in the last several days.

The president planned to participate in D-Day ceremonies in Normandy on Sunday and then fly back to the United States for an international economic summit in Georgia.

She said it was not known at this point whether Bush would change his travel plans because of Reagan's death.

Five years after leaving office, the nation's 40th president told the world in November 1994 that he had been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's, an incurable illness that destroys brain cells. He said he had begun "the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life."

Reagan lived longer than any U.S. president, spending his last decade in the shrouded seclusion wrought by his disease, tended by his wife, Nancy, whom he called Mommy, and the select few closest to him. Now, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton (news - web sites) are the surviving ex-presidents.

Although fiercely protective of Reagan's privacy, the former first lady let people know his mental condition had deteriorated terribly. Last month, she said: "Ronnie's long journey has finally taken him to a distant place where I can no longer reach him."

Reagan's oldest daughter, Maureen, from his first marriage, died in August 2001 at age 60 from cancer. Three other children survive: Michael, from his first marriage, and Patti Davis and Ron from his second.

Over two terms, from 1981 to 1989, Reagan reshaped the Republican Party in his conservative image, fixed his eye on the demise of the Soviet Union and Eastern European communism and tripled the national debt to $3 trillion in his single-minded competition with the other superpower.

Taking office at age 69, Reagan had already lived a career outside Washington, one that spanned work as a radio sports announcer, an actor, a television performer, a spokesman for the General Electric Co., and a two-term governor of California.

At the time of his retirement, his very name suggested a populist brand of conservative politics that still inspires the Republican Party.

He declared at the outset, "Government is not the solution, it's the problem," although reducing that government proved harder to do in reality than in his rhetoric.


Even so, he challenged the status quo on welfare and other programs that had put government on a growth spurt ever since Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal strengthened the federal presence in the lives of average Americans.

In foreign affairs, he built the arsenals of war while seeking and achieving arms control agreements with the Soviet Union.

In his second term, Reagan was dogged by revelations that he authorized secret arms sales to Iran while seeking Iranian aid to gain release of American hostages held in Lebanon. Some of the money was used to aid rebels fighting the leftist government of Nicaragua.

Despite the ensuing investigations, he left office in 1989 with the highest popularity rating of any retiring president in the history of modern-day public opinion polls.

That reflected, in part, his uncommon ability as a communicator and his way of connecting with ordinary Americans, even as his policies infuriated the left and as his simple verities made him the butt of jokes. "Morning again in America" became his re-election campaign mantra in 1984, but typified his appeal to patriotism through both terms.

At 69, Reagan was the oldest man ever elected president when he was chosen on Nov. 4, 1980, by an unexpectedly large margin over incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter.

Near-tragedy struck on his 70th day as president. On March 30, 1981, Reagan was leaving a Washington hotel after addressing labor leaders when a young drifter, John Hinckley, fired six shots at him. A bullet lodged an inch from Reagan's heart, but he recovered.

Four years later he was re-elected by an even greater margin, carrying 49 of the 50 states in defeating Democrat Walter F. Mondale, Carter's vice president.
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On the Net: Reagan Library official Web site:  http://www.reagan.utexas.edu

The Gipper
The Gipper

Ronnie pops his clogs. Hooray! 05.Jun.2004 15:03

another one bites the dust

Best thing he ever did for the US and the rest of the world.
I'm sure you'll be waiting for Maggie Thatcher...in HELL.

Wait about 30 seconds 05.Jun.2004 15:15

and

the Republicans will start screaming to put Reagan on the dime again. Congress almost passed the "Reagan Dime Act" a couple of months ago.

See the link below for the full story

Just wait
Just wait

Fascist Gun in the West 05.Jun.2004 15:24

One Thousand Words

Equals one picture

YES!!! 05.Jun.2004 15:40

the ORIGINAL mr. jelly bean

heh heh...more jelly beans for me...mwahahahahahahaha...serves him right, tarnishing the jelly bean name...ha ha ha! hope you have pleasant conversations with thatcher and co, ronny HA HA HA

The republicans worship Reagan 05.Jun.2004 16:03

PHH

They have created a mythology around him. They believe that communism was an evil enemy and that Reagan defeated them with high defense spending. They think that Reagan saved the world and that is why they carry on about him like they do.

whats wrong with reagan? 05.Jun.2004 16:05

blah

If your going to come off as "mean", you might as well be informative at the same time: why do you consider the guy one of the worst villains of all time? A simple link to an article about his "evil-doings" would be helpful.

One War Criminal Down.... 05.Jun.2004 16:32

Ding-Dong! The Gipper's DEAD!!!

...just a bunch of neocons to go!

How could they tell? 06.Jun.2004 03:04

knute

as they said on indy uk, "reagan dead?" How could they tell?

ps. was he euthanased on Saturday for the extra sentimental mileage it would give Bush's desperate Roosevelt pose in Normandy on Sunday? you know these guys; anything for a buck of political capital.

Anti-Fa 06.Jun.2004 21:55

So Long Gipper!

Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Burn in hell you miserable old bastard.