January 18, 2011, - 3:03 pm

Fairy Tales: Ronnie Jr.’s Reagan Revisionism vs. the Prez I Met

By Debbie Schlussel

Perhaps it’s not ironic that the only classy, worth-a-damn kid of late President Ronald Reagan is his adopted one, Michael Reagan, whom I’m honored to have as a personal friend.  Sometimes, the adopted kids try harder, as the natural born favored sons (and daughters) of wife #2 are spoiled rotten.  As Ronald Reagan’s 100 birthday arrives, Michael Reagan is the only one worth listening to.  It was that way at President Reagan’s funeral, as Michael delivered a powerful, tear-inducing eulogy, while the ballet dancer and the former Playboy model/Eagles concubine/hippie chick had nothing of consequence to say.  And it’s that way now.  And I know a little something about President Reagan, with whom I met several times toward the end of his Presidency.


Me w/ the Great Ronald Reagan, White House, 1987

As a national activist in Republican Party circles as a teen, I went to the White House and met President Ronald Reagan on more than one occasion, most of them toward the end of his Presidency.  In the summer of 1987, I won the title, “Outstanding Teen Age Republican in the Nation,” and was photographed with the President.  And each time I met with him, he was sharper than a Ginsu steak knife.  He was nothing like the Alzheimer’s-stricken version his desperate-to-stay-relevant-and-sell-books son, Ron Reagan, claims.  It’s a lie.  Utter bunk from a do-nothing, unproductive, obnoxious First son.  He should have stuck with something he was good at, which wasn’t ballet.

During our 1987 meeting with the President, pictured herein (yeah, I know–fuglyyyyy!), we weren’t given any rules, but it was understood: no questions, just hear the President speak for a few minutes, the end.  But, as I always say, rules are made to be broken, and I asked President Reagan several impromptu questions, despite the fact that we weren’t supposed to–there wasn’t time.  Instead of five-to-ten minutes with us, President Reagan spent the hour with us.  Ultimately, after a quick handshake, I found myself standing next to the President holding his hand, as we posed for more pictures.

I asked the President when we were going to stop the reverse discrimination and racism known as affirmative action, which affected me and other fellow Jewish Americans, as well as everybody else.  But, at the time, as in future Republican administrations, the Reagan administration wasn’t for eliminating race- and ethnic-based preferences.  So, President Reagan, wisely (for him) avoided answering me directly.  Instead, he seized on the Jewish part and told me about his time as a lifeguard when he was younger and in Illinois.  He said that a fellow Jewish lifeguard was discriminated against and he defended the lifeguard.  Reagan said we must never accept anti-Semitism or bigotry of any kind in America and always fight against it.  Again, he didn’t answer my question, but it was clear he knew what he was doing, deftly finessing the topic like any politician of sharp, sound mind and body.

On another trip to the White House, in the summer of 1988, President Reagan gave me and those I was with, business cards with his name on them and he autographed them in front of us.  Again, Reagan was as sharp as ever, answering my and others’ questions with pinpoint acuity.

Again, all of this was at the time that far-left Ron Reagan now claims he shadowed his father and saw the signs that Alzheimer’s Disease was beginning.  I’m no doctor, but then, I’m not a former ballet dancer either, so unlike Ron Jr. I don’t have the unique medical diagnostic skills that come from wearing man-tights and a tutu.  And I don’t have an MD from the University of Joffrey Ballet/Nancy’s Mama’s Boy Medical School.  But I saw none of this stuff Ronnie’s claiming. And no one who actually knew Ronald Reagan well saw this stuff. No one. No one but the one now trying to sell books and get on TV.

And, as we all know, he saw none of it either.  Ron Reagan is washed up.  His MSNBC show with conservative plagiarist Monica Crowley was a dud.  His attempt as a liberal talk radio host failed.  And he just doesn’t have even the basic required modicum of likability that would allow any other President progeny to trade on Daddy’s name.  He’s just a hack who looks like Nancy and has her mean spirit.  Not much to work with.  I was once a guest on Ronnie Jr.’s now-defunct radio show, which at the time was based in Seattle.  The show didn’t last long for a reason–several of them. Ronnie Jr. was obnoxious, he was vile, and above all, he was frustrated that I wouldn’t love extremist, HAMAS-supporting Muslims to death the way he probably wished his father did and the way he might’ve once the man-tights came off.  That’s the same guy now making up Brothers Grimm fairy tales (and his case, they are definitely fairy tales) about his late father who isn’t here to defend himself.

So, Ronnie Jr. had to make something up, some huge scandal to trade on against his dad’s name.  Otherwise, there’s no hook to promote his book.  And there’s still no hook.  Everything he says has been disproved, not just by those who knew Reagan, but by his own words.  Books of Reagan’s letters, notes, and diary entries–dating to the very time Ronnie the ballet dancer claims Ronald the President had Alzheimer’s–show a man as sharp as someone half his age.  They show nothing of the vacancy of mind Ronnie Jr.  is now manufacturing over two decades later.  The same goes for his prevarication that the elder Reagan had brain surgery.  There is no record of it.

So, you have one irrelevant man who is the son of the greatest leader in contemporary history and, maybe, he’s jealous he doesn’t have even the cache of the wedding of the homely daughter of a President known for getting oral sex from an intern.  One irrelevant son of a revered, dear former President who needs to sell books and doesn’t really have a profession to speak of now that the ankles are creaky and the man-tights no longer fit.  And no one cares, so he resorts to making this stuff up.

Michael Reagan has his own book about his father, which will be out soon.  You can bet that ABC News won’t be promoting him the way they pimped the false Ronnie Jr. book and Alzheimer’s in the White House BS.  But you can also bet, it’s the only Reagan kid’s book worth reading.

You know the old saying about “lies, damn lies, and statistics.”  Now, there are lies, damn lies,  . . . and irrelevant Ronnie Jr. books soon to be at a dollar store near you.

Anti-photogenic: Me & Ronald Wilson Reagan, White House, 1987

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46 Responses

Alot of people thought Nancy Reagan was a piece-of-work as she was portrayed in “the Reagans” mini-series.

Matthew on January 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

You are a cutie pie Debbie dear, so just stop it!

#1 Vato on January 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Yes, I have to agree. I enjoyed those pictures. Everyone seems to be having such a good time that I can feel the energy that must have been radiating at the time.

    Ralph Adamo on January 19, 2011 at 3:31 am

As always, Deb, you are right. I met Ronald Reagan about four times. The guy was sharp, and I think in some ways he was sharper in his second term than his first term.

I have literally hundreds of politicians as I have lived in the DC area virtually my entire life. I have campaigned for a few candidates, but of all of the pols I have met, Reagan was the most sincere, and truthful.

Jonathan Grant on January 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm

To be honest with you folks, I’m not familiar with Ronald Reagan Jr., but I’ve heard that he’s a diehard left winger, it’s ok if you have different viewpoints, that’s the fabric of this country. But Debbie, since you pointed that he’s apologized for hamas and islamist jihadist and he’s not happy that you don’t support muslim radicals? Is this guy crazy or something, or is Ronald Reagan Jr. on some of medication or drug? And the reason why he failed in talk radio is because nobody didn’t want to hear him pimping for the far left socialist agenda and far left communist agenda, in other words Reagan Jr. is a junior Leninist!

“A nation is identified by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on January 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

“worth-a-damn kid of late President Ronald Reagan is his adopted one, Michael Reagan”
You forgot Maureen or should include “live kid” in this quote.

M: No, I didn’t forget Maureen. I was referring to the living. Also, I didn’t like Maureen much. She was a big lib and traded on the Reagan name to pimp her liberalism. She was still classier, though, than Ron Reagan or the other daughter, the so-called Davis chick. DS

madman on January 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    DS: I didn’t know the late Maureen was liberal. I’ve heard she was a Republican activist in her obituary.

    M: Yes, feminist, pro-abortion “Republican” who ran for Congress and lost. DS

    Matthew on January 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm

The one thing Ron Reagan Jr. was good at, was imitating
Tom Cruise on Saturday Night Live, dancing in his underwear.
He hasn’t produced anything remarkable since, and isn’t even
a loyal son to his loving father.

Tony on January 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Aw, he’s just a po’ boy trying to make a buck….out of thin air.

Not Ovenready on January 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm

My mother just died on December 27, at the age of 90 years and four months. She had Alzheimers for over 20 years, and up until the last six months or so, she could still recall some facts that I couldn’t, and I am now 60 years old. Some signs of Alzheimers can be quite subtle.

The more I learn about (Prez) Reagan, the more I can imagine he had an intellectual reserve exceeding an above average man. I wonder what his I.Q. was, or if he was an over-achiever, that used God’s gifts better than any other modern President? Perhaps he could still be highly functional, with half his brain tied behind his back, just to make it fair?

Dr Dale on January 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm

“I asked the President when we were going to stop the reverse discrimination and racism known as affirmative action, which affected me and other fellow Jewish Americans, as well as everybody else. But, at the time, as in future Republican administrations, the Reagan administration wasn’t for eliminating race- and ethnic-based preferences.”

A good question, Debbie. AA only got worse under his successors. In graduate schools in “hard” sciences like physics and astronomy it became a nightmare in the 1990s: statistical studies done of the subsequent careers of high school winners of the Westinghouse (now Intel) Science Talent Search demonstrated that talented white males did not advance professionally in hard sciences like physics and astronomy, possibly because the door was closed to them due to federal research grants that had AA strings attached: preference was given to women and thousands of “minority” students, including foreign students.

I never had the pleasure of shaking his hand, but I did see RR at a White House event once. Amazing that the gray in his hair never really showed, it was just so fine and mixed in perfectly with his brown that all one saw on TV was a lighter brown color. Some people have all the luck!

Solomon2 on January 18, 2011 at 5:52 pm

So why did ya go blonde anyways?

Howard Segal on January 18, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Because like all pretty Jewish brunettes there is a blonde inside fighting to get out and to be noticed!

    Watchdawg on January 19, 2011 at 7:42 am

This is a funny skit. Ignore the leftwing political slant, just enjoy Ronny.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/4174/saturday-night-live-president-reagan-mastermind

BoKnows on January 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    That was a great skit from one of the golden vintages of Saturday Night Live, and thanks for that link. But I think you’re mistaken about the skit having a leftist slant. On the contrary, I think Phil Hartman was having great fun satirizing the prevailing leftist view of Reagan at the time: that Reagan was a two-faced monster. In the leftist view, for Reagan’s public persona, he was this warm, jovial, avuncular figure; but behind the scenes, he was the dark, sinister back-room political operator, planning intricate dirty tricks and international black operations. Because this is still the leftist view of Reagan today, the skit is still timely, and very funny. Hartman took that absurd leftist premise and carried it to its ultimate extreme, showing how utterly ridiculous it is, and by extension, how ridiculous the leftist perception of Reagan actually is.

    Ralph Adamo on January 19, 2011 at 3:21 am

How about this-in your movie reviews, replace K-K-Karl Marx with Ron Reagan, Jr.’s for negative scoring! Isn’t it interesting how the biological son goes hard looney-left and the adopted son goes right.

T. Y. on January 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Oops, Ronnie.

BoKnows on January 18, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I may be wrong, but Ron, Jr., didn’t look all that torn up at his father’s funeral.

John on January 18, 2011 at 7:54 pm

How cool that you met him, what an honor. I always liked Reagan. My first vote as an 18 year old in a presidential campaign was for him, as well as my second vote. I wish I would have payed more attention then. I did not know I was a conservative in the eighties, I only knew I agreed with almost everything he said. I was not political at all in those days, I just liked what I heard.

sharon on January 18, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Thanks to BoKnows for linking to my favorite SNL skit of all time. I often recall it when I think of RR. The genius of Phil Hartman shines through!

Dr Dale on January 18, 2011 at 8:14 pm

met him twice…first when he was Gov and he came off as a bit arrogant…too Hollywood but met him again in 85 and he was cool…was able to get a pic of him and talk about cars for 5 minutes lol

Howard Segal on January 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Debbie, first of all I’m getting chest pains from your pictures. My memory of Reagan is that he never seemed as vibrant after he got shot. I remember I was in the car with my mom when they announced somebody had tried to shoot him but missed. Then several minutes later they announced he had been hit. I always had the feeling that he wasn’t comfortable with Jews on a social level, although he seemed philo-Semitic, supported Israel and was a righteous gentile.

A1 on January 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Miss Schlussel:

Gosh, gee whillikers, but you’re a LITTLE dumpling!

When I was living in Idaho, my girlfriend’s daughter was working in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and met ex-President Reagan when he came into her shop.

Boy, was she excited, as she instantly recognized him and rushed over to him.

When he died, I was living at the Ol’ Soldiers’ Home in Washington, D.C., and I remember the fighter jets flying directly over my head to honor him with the “Missing Man” formation.

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Gulfport, Mississippi 39507

John Robert Mallernee on January 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I am always in awe of someone who worked directly with or has personally met President Reagan. He is the one person I truly wish I could have met while he was alive.

Pats on January 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I am impressed. I always like to check the articles on this site and can count on getting a better take on them than the usual lame stream media. Obviously he parried your affirmative action question well. Reading his memoirs was somewhat time consuming but one of the best biography type of book I’ve ever read.
Debbie you were a cute little thing back in the day. Don’t be so hard on your self, there are enough haters out there as it is. You aged well enough!

samurai on January 18, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Dr. Elkohnon Goldberg, author of the book “The Wisdom Paradox” which discusses Reagan among others (Dr. Goldberg is one of the world’s foremost neurobiologists, an admirer of Reagan, and a very strong anti-communist having grown up and been educated in the Soviet Union prior to his escape) states that as of 1986, Reagan was indeed showing signs of Alzheimers. He also adds that it is certainly possible for a person experiencing the onset of the disease to continue to be an effective leader and cites several examples in which that is the case.
If Dr. Goldberg says the evidence is that Reagan had Alzheimers at that early a date, then I will go with Goldberg. There is no need to be ashamed or embarrassed. We should be proud how Reagan held out to the end.

J'Kel on January 18, 2011 at 11:25 pm

[DS:He said that a fellow Jewish lifeguard was discriminated against and he defended the lifeguard. Reagan said we must never accept anti-Semitism or bigotry of any kind in America and always fight against it. Again, he didn’t answer my question, but it was clear he knew what he was doing, deftly finessing the topic like any politician of sharp, sound mind and body.]

If you think Reagan’s answer was “sharp” then no wonder you don’t have your own radio talk show. Reagan was obviously either avoiding the answer or missing the point. Reagan’s answer was as smart as Palin’s “I read all of them” answer. I think most people who remember the late 80s remember that Reagan was showing signs of dementia. I can probably find clips on youtube of Reagan flubbing easy questions, or remember that one where Nancy Reagan had to whisper an answer to him?

NB: Huh? I noted that he avoided answering the question in a very deliberate way, which an Alzheimer’s-inflicted person wouldn’t have been able to do. RIF–Reading Is Fundamental. DS

Norman Blitzer on January 18, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Go on Blitzer, keep on keeping on believing whatever the hell you must as you hold on to your STOOPID lefty ideology with a kung-fu grip.

    It’s fun to watch you twist with the pretzel logic you spew. As long as I am on the opposite side of you, I know I am on the right path.

    You’re pathetic. I gave up your beliefs so long ago. Didn’t feel good to believe 1 + 1 = 3. You, seem to love it though. FU.

    Skunky on January 19, 2011 at 10:50 am

    ONCE AGAIN blither spews his ignorant comments. For as many times as he’s crossed the line with personal attacks and village idiot type opinions, he’s still not banned from this site.

    samurai on January 19, 2011 at 11:37 am

In some ways, I feel sorry for Ron Reagan. He proves that the Oedipal complex is definitely alive and well. Poor Ron remains mentally trapped at some adolescent stage, and personal growth reamins perpetually out of his reach. Ron can only achieve some measure of meaning for his life by feebly attempting to sully the image of his father. Ron would be a good candidate for therapy, but I doubt that he would have the courage or conviction to look into the troubled layers of his unconscious. And with a fawning media, unfortunately, there is little incentive for him to overcome that fear.

Ralph Adamo on January 19, 2011 at 3:40 am

A graphologist comparing three pieces of handwriting from different years until the end of the presidency would be able to detect whether there was a shift in the mental health of President Reagan. In fact the downward shift could be pinpointed to the year and it would be interesting to examine whether an acceleration took place after the shooting.
Ronald Reagan was a man of 50% heart and 50% head, a true leader. The formula to-day is 50% head and 50% EGO.
A sad and sorry state of affairs.

JGF on January 19, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Good point about the handwriting, JGF. My mother’s got worse over the 20+ years she had Alzheimers.

    Dr Dale on January 19, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Whats the probs with him saying he remembers his dad being forgetful at times? Alzheimer’s doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a gradual thing.

Rage guy on January 19, 2011 at 4:01 am

he’s jealous he doesn’t have even the cache of the wedding of the homely daughter of a President known for getting oral sex from an intern.

I believe you mean “the cachet.”

I will never forgive Ronald Reagan, otherwise of Blessed Memory, for his intervention, on the dies of the PLO, in Israel’s 1982 war in Lebanon. Reagan, himself, later on admitted that was a mistake.

Miranda Rose Smith on January 19, 2011 at 4:25 am

    I will never forgive Ronald Reagan, otherwise of Blessed Memory, for his intervention, on behalf of the PLO, in Israel’s 1982 war in Lebanon. Reagan, himself, later on admitted that was a mistake.

    Miranda Rose Smith on January 19, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Reply

    Miranda Rose Smith on January 19, 2011 at 6:52 am

Junior currently on WBAP with mark Davis and his new mantra is that ‘the disease must have been present’ even if it was not manifest while his dad was in the Whitehouse. In this case the apple fell far from the tree, rolled and rotted.

Stoker on January 19, 2011 at 9:43 am

Great pics and memories DS! I have an old VHS video tape, from NBC broadcasting RR speech from Westminster Palace in 1981. The Secret Service agent assigned to the President was cut off and did not get inside. I made it inside with the Secretary of State and was ordered via radio, to cover the President instead. I was the only U.S. agent who was not locked out! Can’t imagine that happening in today’s security environment. My parents were watching the speech on TV and spotted me sitting behind President Reagan and recorded it. I still have the cassette but who has a VCR anymore!

Bonzer Wolf on January 19, 2011 at 10:11 am

Thanks for that SNL Skit, Bo. Gosh, I miss Phil Hartman. He is still one of my faves. He was so great at what he did (like David Alan Grier, Jan Hooks and Kim Wayans…they are all under-appreciated!).

I wish I have enjoyed Reagan as a young ‘un. I believed the leftist clap-trap (even though it did not jibe with what I saw, but I was young and didn’t fact-check) and I am bitter ’til this day that I was NOT able to see Reagan as the Conservatives did then.

Yes, you can see the joy in that picture! So lovely. What did I do? I went to the Mondale/Ferraro rally! FACEPALM!

Skunky on January 19, 2011 at 11:07 am

What a shame Ron and Nancy had two such rotten kids. I guess
we’d better believe the great experts, Ron Jr. and Norm Blitzer, that Ron was in serious trouble the second term. Why stop there? Maybe he had dementia while he was in his first term too. The Lefties really are running out of ammunition in
their attempts to tarnish a great American President. It must
be frustrating for them especially when we’re stuck with such
a light weight now.

I remember how the news media hounds made fun of Reagan using
his index cards during his speeches, but what they didn’t seem to realize was that most of what he had on the cards were written by himself. Now we have a president who can’t give
a talk without a teleprompter but he’s supposed to be brilliant.

Daniel K on January 19, 2011 at 11:56 am

Oh good grief. Hey if Ronnie Jr wants to crap on his dad’s grave, can’t he do it on his own time…and his own DIME? Reagan took this country from the enormous hole we were in and lifted us out. And he didn’t do it overnight but through good, solid policies AND by clearly and concisely communicating that to the nation. This is really no surprise. It’s just Ronnie Jr making a buck off the latest version of “Conservatives are stupid/brain damaged” theme that the elitist liberals love to toss out there.

I’m glad you got to meet him Debbie. I wish I had. His leadership inspired me to join the Army in the early 80s.

Sean on January 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Wow, you were tiny in that picture, Debbie! :)

You should blame Hollywood and California liberalism for influencing the children of Ronald Reagan. After all, they grew up in it while their father Reagan was transiting his acting career into politics. Plus Reagan was a Democrat before he defected to the Republican Party, so Reagan’s liberalism gene was passed on to his children, except Michael Reagan.

Bobby on January 20, 2011 at 12:18 am

@Bonzer Wolf, you can still transfer the VHS cassette into a digital video disc (DVD) by following these instructions: http://www.signvideo.com/conv-v-to-d.htm.

Good luck.

Bobby on January 20, 2011 at 12:22 am

I seriously doubt that Reagan IS the biological father of Ronnie jr. Junior is such a faggot. I’d really like to see a DNA test.

joesixpack31 on June 30, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I have to agree on the greatness of our dear Ronal W Reagan,in my opinion he was the best leader we had in the 20th century,the son Ron….well I dislike the man,but Reagan loved him so I ll leave it at that & when did you Debbie make tbe transition to be the gorgeous blonde that you are today? I thought you were always blonde,you were cute when a teen,you became gorgeous later.

Juan on February 4, 2012 at 11:32 pm

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