February 6, 2011, - 1:23 pm

Happy 100th Birthday, Ronald Reagan

By Debbie Schlussel

As you probably know, today is late President Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday.  I had the honor and pleasure of meeting President Reagan several times.  And each time it was a magical experience, unlike any other.  He was at once your cool uncle or grandfather and a smart, funny guy with wisdom and charisma well beyond the average American, but still with the sensibilities of and ability to relate to the everyday, Main Street American.  A special and great man, indeed. And a patriot and class act, every step of the way. He made us proud to be Americans.  And, despite the many frauds today who deign to wear the Reagan mantle, he was a true conservative. The GE and portion of his farewell address as President (from January 11, 1989) capture the best of this great American. They are must watch stuff.

As we know, Ronald Reagan reversed double digit inflation and the “malaise days” brought to us by Jimmy Carter.  Hostages were released from Iran, as he was sworn into office.  Reagan supported Israel, our only friend in the Middle East, despite some anti-Israel, anti-Semitic officials in his administration, including James “F— the Jews” Baker III and Patrick J. Buchanan.  His tax cuts–until they were rolled back by a Democrat-controlled Congress through DEFRA and TEFRA–were effective in bringing America back from the brink.  Ronald Reagan took off the “Kick Me” sign on America’s back in the United Nations and around the world–NOT by pandering and delivering speeches in Cairo about how the execrable Islam is great, but by appointing tough, hard-nosed ambassadors to the UN, including the courageous Jean Kirkpatrick and her deputy, Alan Keyes (yes, that Alan Keyes).  They commanded the world’s respect through strength, not Islamo-pandering and cuddling up with the Third World.


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

And Ronald Reagan defeated Communism too close to home in Nicaragua by supporting the Contras, which ultimately led to the fall of Daniel “Gucci glasses” Ortega.  Sadly, as I warned and noted repeatedly on this site, President Bush neglected our hemisphere in favor of calling for “democracy” in the Islamic Middle East, and Ortega is back in power, plus we see the results in Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Yemen, etc., today. Ronald Reagan inspired America and the world to do better and to strive for more. He didn’t inspire insurrections by sending American boys to do to hand over a country from Sunni secular dictatorship to Iranian-backed Shi’ite fundamentalism. He knew America should not nation build and shouldn’t insist on the affairs of other countries. The Bush and Obama Presidencies would embarrass him.

Ronald Reagan was a fighter and a man of courage. But it is important to remember, along with Ronald Reagan’s many achievements and sweeping positive change he brought to America, his greatest mistake.  In 1983, when Hezbollah and P.L.O. terrorists (along with help from the Assad Syrian government) bombed the U.S. Marine barracks (while our Marines slept) and the U.S. Embassy, they killed over 300 Marines and civilians.  But Ronald Reagan did not respond, and it was his greatest failure.  Instead, he pulled out of Lebanon, with America going home with its tail between its legs.  Because he did not respond, Hezbollah terrorists continued to terrorize and slaughter Americans, including the 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847 and torture murder of Navy Diver Robert Dean Stethem, and the subsequent kidnappings and torture-murders of Col. Rich Higgins and CIA attache William Buckley.  Reagan’s cowardly Beirut pull-out and non-response is something Osama Bin Laden and much of the Islamic terrorist world repeatedly cites as showing America does not have the will to fight and defeat Islamic terrorists.  And it should be a lesson to America, as much as the many other important lessons Ronald Reagan taught us about lowering taxes to stimulate the economy and peace through strength to win the Cold War against Communism.

Despite the liberal media’s savaging and vilification of Reagan, throughout his political career, he is remembered and admired more fondly and positively, today, than at any time during his Presidency. That is a tribute to his many achievements. And it shows us that the truth sometimes prevails over the lies of those who hate true conservatives.

There has never been another Ronald Reagan, and, sadly, there probably never will be. The comparisons with the empty-headed moron with nice hair from Alaska are pure idiocy. She and the others will never be him. Not even close.

Happy 100th, President Reagan. We miss you. And America needs another one like you. How sad that there isn’t one.

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

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Here’s the text of President Reagan’s touching letter announcing he had Alzheimer’s disease. And, ending on a positive Reagan-esque note, after that, I’ve posted the Reagan PSA which will run, today, just before Super Bowl kick-off.

November 5, 1994

My fellow Americans, I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease.

Upon learning this news, Nancy and I had to decide whether as private citizens we would keep this a private matter or whether we would make this news known in a public way. In the past, Nancy suffered from breast cancer and I had my cancer surgeries. We found through our open disclosures we were able to raise public awareness. We were happy that as a result, many more people underwent testing. They were treated in early stages and able to return to normal, healthy lives.

So now we feel it is important to share it with you. In opening our hearts, we hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition. Perhaps it will encourage a clearer understanding of the individuals and families who are affected by it.

At the moment I feel just fine. I intend to live the remainder of the years God gives me on this Earth doing the things I have always done. I will continue to share life’s journey with my beloved Nancy and my family. I plan to enjoy the great outdoors and stay in touch with my friends and supporters.

Unfortunately, as Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the family often bears a heavy burden. I only wish there was some way I could spare Nancy from this painful experience. When the time comes, I am confident that with your help she will face it with faith and courage.

In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future.

I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.

Thank you, my friends. May God always bless you.

Sincerely,

Ronald Reagan

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24 Responses

Actually, I really like the pictures of you with Reagan – you look good-happy, inspired and energized. What a thrill to have met him! What a treasure those photos are. Thanks for sharing.

Cat K on February 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm

[DS:Happy 100th, President Reagan. We miss you. And America needs another one like you. How sad that there isn’t one.]

No thanks. We don’t need another conservative president adding 5 trillion dollars to the debt. President Obama is doing just fine thank you.

Norman Blitzer on February 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm

As far as I see it, Cong. (Lt. Col) Allen West from district 22 in Florida
Is the man to take this country ( and world) from the brink of collapse.
He will make the terrorists (and the civilized world) respect the US
And Israel once again.
I suggest for the sake of this country and your children, you research him and if you feel he is
Worthy, you support him.

Stephen on February 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    If West runs, he is definitely worthy of support. So is the amazing John Bolton.

    Occam's Tool on February 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

You forgot to mention something about our response to Grenada, Operation Urgent Fury. I was part of that response, and I beleive that if President Reagan did not respond to the island to assist our citizens with the military, communism would of gained momentum and spread through the Carribean. The military response to retrieve our citizens furthered the Reagan mantra of Peace through Strength. Now, and for the future, I can not see a free world leader that will ever match the greatness that President Reagan achieved.

RD on February 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Great people come along once in a lifetime. It will be a long time before America has another President of his stature.

No one since him has even come close to make Americans feel about their country the way Ronald Reagan made them feel about it.

Reagan helped to defeat one great evil. And today another great evil has taken its place. The eternal fight for freedom never ends.

NormanF on February 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm

May he rest in peace.

samurai on February 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Wow! God bless the blessed memory of President Reagan. I only WISH I was a supporter when he was Prez.

I feel VERY robbed by not being able to have known the TRUE spirit of President Reagan. I live in “The Bluest State” and since I was not old enough to vote either time for “The Gipper”, I believed the left-wing propaganda spewed at the time. I even went to the Mondale/Ferraro rally and wanted Mondale to win!! (Ugh, it’s sooooo embarrassing to be young and uninformed!)

Anyway, I always feel like I missed out on REAL history by not being a Conservative way back then. Thank goodness I saw the light!

When I could first vote, I voted for that perverted POS Clinton! I get sick just thinking of it! By 1996, I was seeing what a crock of crap Liberalism was and did not vote for that prevaricating hack again!

(I love that pic of DS and Reagan…the energy from it is so palpable! What a special day that must have been, indeed!)

Skunky on February 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I remember what it was like to vote FOR someone and not just against someone. I loved Ronald Reagan and I remember how villified and hated he was by the media.It only took them thirty years and his death to see the light, and even then, they try to distort his legacy. Ronald Reagan freed the oppressed and was a friend of the little man.

Bill on February 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm

May Ronald Reagan rest in peace.

JeffE on February 6, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Thank you, Debbie, this is a great post.

FactsRule on February 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Happy B’day, the Gipper!!!

On the pull-out from Beirut, while that was undoubtedly his mistake, I think as far as dar ul Islam goes, he served mixed messages. On one hand, he let Syria run rampant, but on the other, he bombed Libya and that was the last (aside from Lockerbie) that they indulged in terrorism.

Actually, while all may not consider this a mistake, Reagan arming the Afghan mujahideen and giving all that importance to Pakistan was definitely a mistake, b’cos the moment Bhutto came to power, she started creating & supporting the Taliban, and suddenly everyone in Afghanistan was competing for ‘Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the most Islamic of us all?’ award. But I’ll grant that even if he knew then how rotten Muslims are, it would still have been a tough call b/w Communism & Islam.

Infidel Pride on February 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Great pictures Debbie.
John Bolton for President. Kick the U.N. out of the U.S.

Pat on February 6, 2011 at 11:39 pm

The Speech, 1964
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1777069922535499977&hl=en#

As true now as when he spoke it then.
RIP

ender on February 7, 2011 at 1:42 am

I ma thankful he did not live to see what we have become.

Bill Ford on February 7, 2011 at 8:23 am

Happy birthday President Reagan! As others have said, we need another Reagan now but I sure don’t see one on the horizon.

WTP on February 7, 2011 at 9:31 am

I am sooooooo envious of you shaking hands with Ronaldus Magnus!! Great, great post–and the good with the bad. Love it!!

BLESS ISRAEL on February 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

How some people forget. The Gipper was one of many politicians who campaigned as stauch Zionists (undivided Jerusalem,etc),and upon winning election swings over to the Arab side. This was particularly the case in his first term.

Remember the AWACS to Saudi deal? When supporters of Israel came out against the sale,perhaps the most anti-Semitic public comments ever by a US president (Nixon’s Jew hatred was never spoken publicly) when Reagan implied Israel’s supporters had dual loyalties with Israel.

Remember the Iraqi nuclear reactor destruction by Israel,the one that Dick Cheney later thanked Israel for? Reagan’s administration including that phony Jeanne Kirkpatrick strongly condemned it. In fact Kirkpatrick was “horrorfied” by it and called it a great blow to world peace.

One of the few political leaders who quickly rallied to Israel’s defense after the reactor attack was none other than Ted Kennedy.

Remember Beirut and the PLO and Menacham Begin? Reagan personally saved the terrorist PLO from being wiped out by Israel.Reagan was downright hostile to Begin because he didn’t like the fact that Begin had balls and wouldn’t obey his orders.

Reagan was the first president to actually hint at some sort of Palestinian state. He broke his campaign pledge of a united Jerusalem under Israeli control when he stated Jerusalem’s status would be decided by “negotiations”.

The list goes on.

Reagan’s administration was riddled with anti-Semites such as Weinberger(self-hating Jew),Buchanan,Baker,Roberts,etc.

Our realtionship with Israel improved some in his second term due mainly to the growing influence of George Shultz in his administration.

Overall, Reagan was far from the great friend to Israel that his supporters try to pretend that he was.

Scott on February 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm

1. Reagan was a serial tax raiser.

2. Reagan nearly tripled the federal budget deficit.

3. Unemployment soared after Reagan’s 1981 tax cuts.

4. Reagan grew the size of the federal government tremendously.

5. Reagan did little to fight a woman’s right to chose.

6. Reagan was a “bellicose peacenik.”

7. Reagan gave amnesty to 3 million undocumented immigrants.

8. Reagan illegally funneled weapons to Iran.

9. Reagan vetoed a comprehensive anti-Apartheid act

10. Reagan helped create the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden.

Bob Loblaw on February 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Of course if we were not in Beirut in the first place – we had no business being over there – there would have been no bombing of U.S. Marine barracks and the 300 Marines and civilians who died would still be enjoying life with their families. By withdrawing our forces from Beirut in 1983, Reagan prevented a bad situation from getting much worse. And if we only withdrew ALL our military forces from around the world and cut ALL foreign aid as we should then we would have changed history – the world today would be more peaceful, more prosperous, and a lot less blood would have been shed.

ramjordan on February 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm

ya never know what youve got until its gone.

RR quote
“Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”

haley on February 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

President Reagan was president during my teenage years. He was the person that formed my conservative values and principals. I have always been proud of my country in large part because of President Reagan. We all miss you.

RightieUntilDeath on August 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm

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