Obama will never be half the man nor love America as much as Reagan did.
Obama will never eat as many flags throughout his presidency like Reagan did. Reagan holds the current flag-eating record at 3,463 flags during his presidency. Obama is currently only at 1,072.
Here we see pictured: Reagan in action during one of his flag feedings. This is speculated to be approximately his 560th flag consumed.
Dude’s wiping his mouth on a flag. Look at Nancy, telling him not to do it. “Come on Ronnie, you have a pocket square. I have kleenex in my purse you could use. You don’t need to do that.”
"I’m tellin’ ya, Nancy, nobody makes ribs like Smokey Pete’s BBQ…"
On September 25, 1986, [Ronald Reagan] vetoed [a bill that would’ve imposed sanction on the apartheid government of South Africa]. But by this time the antiapartheid movement’s influence was so strong that even the president’s own party was embarrassed by Reagan’s refusal to stand up to South Africa. Indiana Republican Richard Lugar pleaded with Reagan to get ‘on the right side of history’ by supporting sanctions. Such Republican dissent helped make possible Congress’s overwhelming 78–21 vote to override Reagan’s veto in October 1986. This marked the first time in Reagan’s White House years that a presidential foreign policy veto had been overturned. The vote attested to how out of touch Reagan was with the struggle for racial justice, a struggle that the Free South Africa movement had helped to popularize in the United States.
This is why the Breitbart minions hate Mandela so much — Reagan, on the wrong side of history, was his opponent. Rather than admit that St. Ronnie sided with the wrong team, they continue repeat Reaganite pro-apartheid propaganda to this day.
The Reagan of Wingnut Fever Dreams.
Jeb Bush screws up and tells the truth, so get ready for the “gaffe” narrative, which should be launching any time now.
Last week… the former Florida governor praised President Obama on education policy, hot on the heels of Romney delivering a speech condemning Obama’s education policy. Bush also said his party is being “short-sighted" on tax and immigration policies, which is not what the GOP mainstream wants to hear.
This morning, Jeb Bush went further, endorsing Obama’s line about economic “headwinds” from Europe, and agreeing with Obama’s recent argument that both Ronald Reagan and his father George H. W. Bush would have a hard time getting nominated by today’s Republican Party.
“Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground,” Bush said, adding that he views the hyper-partisan moment as “temporary.”
“Back to my dad’s time and Ronald Reagan’s time — they got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan support,” he said. Reagan “would be criticized for doing the things that he did.”
“It’s a stretch to suggest that Jeb Bush is somehow becoming more moderate, or even sensible,” Benen writes. “This morning, he also praised Paul Ryan’s radical budget plan, for example, and blamed Obama for Washington dysfunction, condemning the president for pursuing ‘partisan’ policies in his first year, rather than ‘common ground.’ (In his first year, Obama pushed Mitt Romney’s health care plan, John McCain’s climate plan, and a stimulus with massive tax breaks. Partisan? Please.)”
He then goes on to recite the litany of sins against conservative doctrine that Reagan was guilty of, familiar to everyone except those who say they love him most, apparently:
Reagan raised the debt ceiling 18 times, and he supported the precursor to the Buffett Rule. In his first term, Reagan raised taxes when unemployment was nearing 11% — imagine trying this today — and proceeded to raise taxes seven out of the eight years he was in office. It’s a fact the right finds terribly inconvenient, but “no peacetime president has raised taxes so much on so many people" as Reagan.
I’m no fan of Ronald Reagan and Benen manages to comment on all this without falling into the trap of Reagan praise so many lefty writers fall into when they compare the late president to today’s GOP. Ronald Reagan was not a wonderful president and his positions weren’t beautiful and perfect. He just sucked less than the Republicans of today. Likewise, Jeb Bush is not a great lefty now and no one should sing his praises either.
But it does demonstrate just how little use today’s right has for facts. They’ve taken Reagan and reduced him to Colonel Sanders — not a man, a logo. And, as such, Reagan becomes more symbolic than historic and can be made to stand for anything you want. He’s not a man anymore, he’s an advertising slogan — because the real man would’ve be kicked out of the GOP as a RINO had he held office today.
That’s how far the Republican Party has dragged the debate to the right. Seen as something of a Goldwater-type extremist in his own day, Reagan would count as a centrist today. And as a centrist, he would never be considered “pure” enough for the Republican Party.
Cantor and press secretary struggle with reality’s liberal bias.
Stahl: Given his upbringing and his marriage, Cantor says he’s nothing like the intractable obstructionist the Democrats say he is.
Cantor: Nobody gets everything they want. And so—
Stahl: That’s just exactly your image: that you want only what you want.
Cantor: But it’s just I hope I’m not coming across like that now, because it’s just not who I am. I mean, it really is—
Stahl: So are you ready to compromise?
Cantor: So I have always been ready to cooperate. I mean, if you go back to the first—
Stahl: What’s the difference between compromise and cooperate?
Cantor: Well, I would say cooperate is let’s look to where we can move things forward where we agree. Comprising principles, you don’t want to ask anybody to do that. That’s who they are as their core being.
Stahl: But you know, your idol, as I’ve read anyway, was Ronald Reagan. And he compromised.
Cantor: He never compromised his principles.
Stahl: Well, he raised taxes and it was one of his principles not to raise taxes.
Cantor: Well, he— he also cut taxes.
Stahl: But he did compromise—
Cantor: Well I —
[Press Secretary: That just isn’t true. And I don’t want to let that stand.]
Stahl: And at that point, Cantor’s press secretary interrupted, yelling from off camera that what I was saying wasn’t true.
[Reagan: My fellow Americans…]
Stahl: There seemed to be some difficulty accepting the fact that even though Ronald Reagan cut taxes, he also pushed through several tax increases, including one in 1982 during a recession.
[Reagan: Make no mistake about it, this whole package is a compromise.]
Cantor: We as Republicans are not going to support tax increases.
Stahl: So, we’ve seen the two sides of Eric Cantor: the push and pull between his hard fighting style on legislation that appeals to his party’s conservative wing and his warm, Southern gentleman demeanor.
I think what’s happening here is that these guys have a habit of confusing the real Ronald Reagan and the Colonel-Sanders-like Reagan-as-mascot cartoon they’ve made out of him. See, when most people take about Reagan, they’re talking about the real one. But when Republicans talk about Reagan, they’re talking about the Kentucky Fried version.
And that’s why reality has a liberal bias; Republicans refuse to set foot in it, so liberals have it all to themselves.