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Reagan Diaries: Ronald Reagan on George W. Bush

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by BrAinPaiNt, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Bad Santa Staff Member

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    Supposedly this is a recently released direct quote from Ronald Reagan about George W. Bush entered into his diary. The entry is dated May 17, 1986.

    ‘A moment I’ve been dreading. George brought his ne’re-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I’ll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they’ll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work.’


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    Have no clue if it is real or not, but it is amusing.
  2. Mavs Man

    Mavs Man All outta bubble gum

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    http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/kinsley.asp

    (Unfortunately, I can't cut&paste Snopes so here is another source.)

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6580

    The above statement, while reflecting a certain element of truth, is false. It did not appear in the "Reagan Diaries".

    Did Reagan call G.W. Bush a ne’er-do-well?

    Status: False

    Source www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/weblog/comments/did_reagan_call_gw_bush_a_neer_do_well

    This paragraph supposedly written by Ronald Reagan is currently circulating widely around the internet:

    Direct quote from the just published REAGAN DIARIES.

    The entry is dated May 17, 1986.

    'A moment I've been dreading. George brought his ne're-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I'll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they'll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work.'

    Did Reagan really write this? Nope, he didn't. The quotation is pulled from an article titled "My Lunch with Reagan" by Michael Kinsley in the New Republic (vol. 237, issue 1, 7/2/07). And, not surprisingly, the quotation is taken out of context. In its original context it's easy to tell that it's meant as a joke:

    The literary editor of The New Republic, Leon Wieseltier, brought the joyous news. "Guess what, Mike. You're mentioned in Reagan's diaries." The diaries were published recently by HarperCollins and were generally well-received. Edited by America's historian-on-steroids, Douglas Brinkley, The Reagan Diaries apparently reveal Reagan to be more thoughtful than he is normally given credit for. Of course, our standards in the area of presidential thoughtfulness have plummeted in recent years. Still, the fact that Reagan was writing it all down was news, and an interesting departure from presidential tradition. Traditionally, presidents use a hidden tape recorder.

    "But I was more interested in the me angle, frankly. And it was a puzzle. What on earth could Reagan have written? I indulged my imagination, and my ego: "January 22, 1983. Mommie [Nancy] says that Kinsley's column this week in The New Republic undermines the entire philosophical basis of my administration. O dear O dear, I had better not read it."

    Or: "October 6, 1987. Why does Kinsley keep picking on me? He is the only thing standing between me and the total destruction of the welfare state. But, ha: I will destroy him--destroy him utterly-- or my name's not … not … not … . Say, they had 'State Fair' on TV last night. What a wholesome, clean-cut young man that Pat Boone is."

    Or: "May 17, 1986. A moment I've been dreading. George brought his ne'er-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I'll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they'll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work."
  3. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    another one bites the dust.
  4. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Bad Santa Staff Member

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    Case closed.

    Thanks for the info.
  5. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Don't feel bad brain, if you throw enough crap on the wall sooner or later some of it will stick.
  6. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Bad Santa Staff Member

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    I did not throw crap in this case. I get links from a site and if they are political I post them here.

    As I said I had no clue if it was real or not.

    I am trying to do anything fair to get the interest away from the long global warming thread.:D
  7. Mavs Man

    Mavs Man All outta bubble gum

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    BWUHAHAHAHAHA!!!

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