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Happy Birthday To The 3rd, Maybe 4th Best President Ever

Posted by TheJOTUS on February 6, 2010

That president would be Ronald Reagan and he would be 99 today.

Reagan is a great conservative hero for what he wasn’t as well as for what he was.  In an era when people thought the portal to political leadership was a degree from an elite university and a lifetime of working within the establishment.  Reagan was a small-town midwesterner that went from an obscure college and spent most of his adult life doing other things; a sportscaster, an actor, etc.  He was well into middle age before he entered into electoral politics.

This baffled his critics, who believed that the true measure of a 50-something man of accomplishment was a degree he’d gotten when he was 22.  Yet instead he was much like the rest of us:  An ordinary man who became an extraordinary president.  And today we may be seeing the ultimate tribute to Reagan–Millions of Americans are rising up and doing the Reagan thing for themselves.

Reagan’s first inaugural:

Let’s recap a few points:

“We are a nation that has a government, not the other way around…”
“Our government has no power except by the people…”
“All of us need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the states, the states created the federal government…”
“It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of the federal government…”
“We can and will resolve the problems, which now confront us.  And after all, why shouldn’t we believe that.  We.  Are. Americans.”

Sweet Jesus, this guy sure can give a speech.  Notice how he doesn’t nod back and forth like he is watching a tennis match like Obama does.

Presidential.

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2 Responses to “Happy Birthday To The 3rd, Maybe 4th Best President Ever”

  1. Cotter said

    He is an actor..Was..so speeches weren’t really speeches to a degree.
    They were scripts written by other people.ACTOR.ACTOR. And An Actress got him shot.

  2. TheJOTUS said

    So what if he was an actor? What does that have to do with anything? He hadn’t acted professionally since 1965, two years before he was Governor and 15 years before his election as president in 1980.

    So again, what does that have to do with anything?

    And what are you talking about with scripts and speeches? Are you suggesting that a politician might have speech writers on his staff? Well holy shit Nancy Drew, what’s next? Water is wet and the sky is blue??

    Of course politicians have speech writers. Even your hero Obama has his speech team. So what? No modern president can be successful without an appreciation of the importance of communication and public education. And no president has the time to write his or her own speeches. The key is to have a strong sense of when and how to communicate with the public — and know how to use speechwriters to best achieve that goal.

    And Reagan did just that. Supurbly I might add.

    No one pretends that presidents write their own speeches. But my comment was that he gave a great speech, not that he wrote it. There is a difference.

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