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Dan Rather Chokes-Up After Reading Essay on Reagan
CBS News | 6/6/04

Posted on 06/06/2004 12:25:13 AM PDT by My Dog Likes Me

Essay by Dan Rather, read at the very end of a CBS News special report, on the evening of June 5, 2004.

--- "President Reagan led the West in a decisive hour of a long battle for the survival of Western culture, Western ideas and ideals.

He was a son of the West. Born in the American Mid-West, he grew to full manhood and died in its far West. All of his life, he favored the West Wind.

He dressed the part, acted it, spoke it, and lived it. The Reagan presidency began on the front steps of the Capitol. His inaugural ceremony the first in history facing West, toward the Mall and its monuments.

His letter of November 5, 1994, announcing his Alzheimers, poignant, yet devoid of self-pity, tells us he was once again looking West. But, Ronald Wilson Reagan also could not resist one more look back over his shoulder.

He now makes his final ride, confident in the knowledge that, as he wrote, "For America, there will always be a bright dawn ahead."

May we share his optimism. And may his steed hold steady as he completes his journey. We will think of him always, when the West Wind blows." -----


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Rather choked-up at the end of the last sentence, then collected himself for a couple seconds, and with watery eyes signed off.

I know most of you don't care for Rather, but his essay was beautiful and his reaction genuine.

He had the entire week off, so it surprised me when I saw him pop up today at all.

1 posted on 06/06/2004 12:25:13 AM PDT by My Dog Likes Me
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To: My Dog Likes Me

Rather seems to cry at certain emotional moments. Doesnt stop him from pushing the Dem line and shaking Saddam's hand.


2 posted on 06/06/2004 12:29:03 AM PDT by Bogey78O (McDonalds rejected slogan "Billions served....millions if not counting Michael Moore")
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To: My Dog Likes Me

I've yet to read of anyone that knew Mr. Reagan personally who disliked him.


3 posted on 06/06/2004 12:30:53 AM PDT by Roberts
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To: My Dog Likes Me

Rather is simply searching for his "Cronkite" moment. You know, something that the future news anchors can play over and over again when Rather is being remembered, like Cronkite announcing JFK's death.


4 posted on 06/06/2004 12:30:53 AM PDT by Registered
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To: My Dog Likes Me

Rather cries alot. I think he may be depressed or something. He looks like he could be. (armchair psychiatry) At any rate, when he does cry, I think it's all about him.


5 posted on 06/06/2004 12:35:41 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Registered
Color me jaded (to the highest saturation ;-] ), but... I think you nailed it.
6 posted on 06/06/2004 12:37:05 AM PDT by Trinity_Tx (Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believin as we already do)
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To: My Dog Likes Me

I despise Rather...he should retire now. At least he'll go out with some class.


7 posted on 06/06/2004 12:38:28 AM PDT by I got the rope
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To: My Dog Likes Me

For professionals, I am underimpressed by Rather, Jennings and Brokaw. I don't think they see themselves as we do. I think they travel in rarified circules that leaves them with the impression that they reflect what America is. In reality, those folks have no connection to reality.

They trounce our values. They belittle our heros. They essentially aid and abet the enemies of our nation, or ideals and our citizens. Oblivious, they move ever forward toward a socialist ideal.

Perhaps this a-hole did mean it when his eyes glazed over. Perhaps for one brief moment he did realize what a sad day this was. None the less, for the remainder of the week he'll talk about Iran Contra and exclaim how much Reagan and Clinton's presidencies were alike, each enduring their own scandles.

Reagan's scandle was that he tried to free up one nation from communism, and protect another from communism, both major insults to the socialist left amongst us. Clinton's scandle was that he couldn't get enough ass unless he was where he should have been, in the family quarters. No Dan, these administrations WERE NOT ALIKE.

God how I detest Rather and the remaining two of the socialist triplets that round out the major networks evening news offering.


8 posted on 06/06/2004 12:39:39 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: My Dog Likes Me
See, I'd usually seize this opportunity to assume one of my multiple personalities (in this case, that of knee-jerk liberal, bi-polar cracker with a contrived Southern twang), but seeing as how he went out of his way to deliver a touching tribute to the dear, departed President Reagan, I'll beg off.

Congratulations Dan!

You are a most brave mujahid!

Good form chap!

9 posted on 06/06/2004 12:40:51 AM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid (Remember St. Gerard. The prayers of expectant mothers are always heard.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Correction:

Clinton's scandle was that he couldn't get enough ass WHEN he was where he should have been, in the family quarters.


10 posted on 06/06/2004 12:41:50 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: My Dog Likes Me
"We will think of him always, when the West Wind blows..."

A beautiful line, but Rather is a phony jerk who puddles up so frequently because he's contemplating his own sayonara.

They're all copy-readers, and none of them is genuine.

11 posted on 06/06/2004 12:43:34 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: Registered
Rather is simply searching for his "Cronkite" moment.

Ab-so-damn-lutely.

I've had a GUT FULL of these people who trashed Reagan for years trying to jump out in front of the parade today.

Starting with Bill Schneider.

12 posted on 06/06/2004 12:45:51 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: My Dog Likes Me

The Irish have a thing about "the west".
It's part of the folklore that's in our blood.

[he's finally gone "into the west" and is in Tir na'Nog by now]....:)


13 posted on 06/06/2004 12:47:18 AM PDT by Salamander (John Kerry: Schroedinger's candidate)
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To: Registered

"something that the future news anchors can play over and over again when Rather is being remembered"

"What's the frequency, Kenneth?" isn't enough?


14 posted on 06/06/2004 12:48:36 AM PDT by Salamander (John Kerry: Schroedinger's candidate)
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To: My Dog Likes Me
Did you notice that at the very end Rather stuck his tongue into his cheek? Really hard! I took it that Rather was putting on a big act as he was reading copy what was likely written ages ago in the event of Reagans death.

I saw him do the thing with his mouth at the end and it was very odd.

15 posted on 06/06/2004 12:49:30 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (I'm isthisnickcool, and I approved this post!)
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To: Roberts





I've yet to read of anyone that knew Mr. Reagan personally who disliked him.

Likewise, and there's a reason for that.


16 posted on 06/06/2004 12:50:05 AM PDT by Sabertooth (Mohammed wrote: "Cut off their heads, and cut off the tips of their fingers." (Sura 8:12))
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To: isthisnickcool

He was trying to dampen the transmissions that emanate from his fillings.


17 posted on 06/06/2004 12:53:35 AM PDT by Salamander (John Kerry: Schroedinger's candidate)
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To: My Dog Likes Me
Rather choked-up at the end of the last sentence, then collected himself for a couple seconds, and with watery eyes signed off.

I know most of you don't care for Rather, but his essay was beautiful and his reaction genuine.

He had the entire week off, so it surprised me when I saw him pop up today at all.

Rather is as phony as a 3 dollar bill. He HATES Republicans, ALL REPUBLICANS!

18 posted on 06/06/2004 12:54:32 AM PDT by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT!)
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To: My Dog Likes Me

I don't personally care for Mr. Blather either, but I relish the thought of all his commie-lib devotees grinding their teeth when he said that. HAW


19 posted on 06/06/2004 1:00:00 AM PDT by dandi ("No nation ever taxed it's way into prosperity." - R.L.)
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To: Registered
"Rather is simply searching for his "Cronkite" moment. You know, something that the future news anchors can play over and over again when Rather is being remembered, like Cronkite announcing JFK's death."

IIRC, Rather was the anchor at a CBS affiliate in Dallas when Kennedy was assassinated. He broke the news, it was his big break.

If we're going to criticize media folks who take cheap shots at President Reagan, especially now, let's at least give the benefit of the doubt to those who are trying to be respectful. I didn't see this spot by Dan Rather, but I think President Reagan would have taken it at face value. To do less diminishes us, not Rather.

I was waiting for the Belmont to come on NBC this afternoon when Brian Williams broke into regular programming to announce President Reagan's passing. He was very respectful, and gave the President credit for playing a major role in defeating the Soviet Union, winning the Cold War, and bringing down the Berlin Wall.

There's been light in surprising places. Enjoy it.


20 posted on 06/06/2004 1:01:19 AM PDT by Sabertooth (Mohammed wrote: "Cut off their heads, and cut off the tips of their fingers." (Sura 8:12))
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To: isthisnickcool

Yes, I noticed Dan flick his tongue up inside of his cheek as he collected himself to sign off. I think that was the result of cotton-mouth. Looks like his throat just dried up.

What Rather said last night was very moving. I don't think his reaction was contrived at all. Maybe if all of my fellow Freepers had actually seen the piece, then they would agree that it wasn't faked or taped months ago.


21 posted on 06/06/2004 1:02:08 AM PDT by My Dog Likes Me
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To: Salamander
He was trying to dampen the transmissions that emanate from his fillings

Hee hee hee.

22 posted on 06/06/2004 1:04:07 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Registered

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah...

Blather's respect for Reagan is as genuine as a three dollar bill. You nailed it, Registered. Just another liberal dirtbag trying to hide his true colors.


23 posted on 06/06/2004 1:05:02 AM PDT by broadsword (Liberalism is the societal AIDS virus that thwarts our national defense.)
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To: Lijahsbubbe

It really sucks when the Mexican radio kicks in.....


24 posted on 06/06/2004 1:08:53 AM PDT by Salamander (John Kerry: Schroedinger's candidate)
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To: Sabertooth
He was very respectful, and gave the President credit for playing a major role in defeating the Soviet Union, winning the Cold War, and bringing down the Berlin Wall.

While I have admiration for your sense of class or fair play, I don't see this as any great concession or sacrifice. They should be respectful, and they should mention the great things that occurred under Reagan's watch. They certainly didn't embellish anything.

So as far as I'm concerned, they did what they were supposed to do, and they're still WAY in the negative points, due to the fact that they spew their anti American crap every single day of the week.

25 posted on 06/06/2004 1:11:45 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: My Dog Likes Me

What did Rather say about him in the 80's?


26 posted on 06/06/2004 1:11:53 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: Sabertooth
"He was very respectful, and gave the President credit for playing a major role in defeating the Soviet Union, winning the Cold War, and bringing down the Berlin Wall."

Yeah, but was it "credit" or blame?

27 posted on 06/06/2004 1:13:06 AM PDT by nightdriver
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To: Salamander

I wonder if he ever picks up Rush or Savage? That would make him cry.


28 posted on 06/06/2004 1:13:11 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: DoughtyOne

For professionals, I am underimpressed by Rather, Jennings and Brokaw. I don't think they see themselves as we do. I think they travel in rarified circules that leaves them with the impression that they reflect what America is. In reality, those folks have no connection to reality.

They trounce our values. They belittle our heros. They essentially aid and abet the enemies of our nation, or ideals and our citizens. Oblivious, they move ever forward toward a socialist ideal.

Well said, I agree.


29 posted on 06/06/2004 1:20:12 AM PDT by garylmoore (The word "gay" means to be happy not abnormal!)
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To: Lijahsbubbe

No...the "alphabet agencies" just beam 60s "beat poetry" and mariachi music at him.
That's why he's always so wild-eyed.


30 posted on 06/06/2004 1:20:57 AM PDT by Salamander (John Kerry: Schroedinger's candidate)
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To: My Dog Likes Me

Rather is a lefty, but what he is NOT is a 'hate-America' type.

Peggy Noonan explains him pretty well in her books.

Thanks for doing a good thing, Mr.Rather.


31 posted on 06/06/2004 1:21:20 AM PDT by zbigreddogz
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To: My Dog Likes Me
Dan Rather always gets choked up by the poetry of his own words. Don't assume it is anything more than that.
However it may be usful to point out that Rather was there covering Reagan as President. rather was the one whose questions Reagan so famously couldn't quite hear.
So there is a sentimental personal history there. That being said, this is usual fare for Rather.


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32 posted on 06/06/2004 1:25:17 AM PDT by counterpunch (<-CLICK HERE for my CARTOONS)
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To: zbigreddogz

Nope, I disagree completely. When you produce a news broadcast night after night after night, never giving our troops, Commander in Chief, credit for what they have done for the Iraqi people, you are nothing but anti-American.

Rather and the two other triplets harange on the US constantly, regarding the failed effort in Iraq. They never tell what the US has done for the Iraqis.

These men are about the closest things you can get to traitors. They aid and abet the enemy daily. To hell with them.


33 posted on 06/06/2004 1:25:32 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Sabertooth

You're right. All of the media outlets that I've watched have shown great respect so far. I was pretty astonished.

But my biggest surprise was Rather's emotional homage to the man. That's why I transcribed it and posted it here.

Gonna be a tough week for all of us, I think. My VCR will be recording everything.


34 posted on 06/06/2004 1:25:37 AM PDT by My Dog Likes Me
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To: Sabertooth
IIRC, Rather was the anchor at a CBS affiliate in Dallas when Kennedy was assassinated. He broke the news, it was his big break.

It's funny you should mention that because I've always been under that impression too, until just a few days ago. I thought Rather was an obscure unknown in Dallas, completely unheard of by the brass in New York. He only caught their eye, so the story as I knew it went, when he handled the fast-breaking assassination news with skill and calm.

But the other day I watched a fantastic gem of a program called D-Day+Twenty Years in which Walter Cronkite interviewed Eisenhower as they toured the Normandy battlefield. Eisenhower shone. It was produced in August 1963, months before the Kennedy assassination. And the narrator was none other than "What's the frequency Kenneth?" himself, Dan Rather.

So I guess he wasn't as unknown to the New York brass prior to the assassination as he's lead people to believe. Maybe he just wanted to create a myth in which his name and success in journalism would always be more closely attached to Kennedy than they really deserved to be.

35 posted on 06/06/2004 1:26:45 AM PDT by beckett
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To: My Dog Likes Me
All of the media outlets that I've watched have shown great respect so far.

Eyes agape at that one! So you didn't turn your TV on? OK. That explains it.
36 posted on 06/06/2004 1:33:36 AM PDT by broadsword (Liberalism is the societal AIDS virus that thwarts our national defense.)
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To: My Dog Likes Me

Your post had me so darn excited...for a moment....
...till I re-read the thread title...

...I could have sworn the first time I read it, that it said Chokes....instead of Chokes-Up....


37 posted on 06/06/2004 1:35:44 AM PDT by musicman
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To: musicman

LOL!


38 posted on 06/06/2004 1:40:39 AM PDT by broadsword (Liberalism is the societal AIDS virus that thwarts our national defense.)
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To: My Dog Likes Me
You're right. All of the media outlets that I've watched have shown great respect so far. I was pretty astonished.

I can't help but wonder if this is b/c it is a Saturday and nobody is watching (well, it is now Sunday). They can point to these broadcasts and say "see, we were fair and decent." I fear the Reagan bashing, distortions and downright meaness will begin within a day or two.

I hope I am wrong.

39 posted on 06/06/2004 2:01:32 AM PDT by bluefish (Disclaimer for Pukin: I do not believe Freepers should die for arguing with me.)
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To: My Dog Likes Me

Yeah, I've always been impressed with Rather's acting skills. He should be in movies.


40 posted on 06/06/2004 2:11:42 AM PDT by BykrBayb (5 minutes of prayer for Terri, every day at 11 am EDT, until she's safe. http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: My Dog Likes Me

Too bad Rather didn't just simply choke. And, what perfect irony that President Reagan, in death, gets a near-solid week of news coverage from even those in the MSM that despise everything he stood for. The weasels of network news will feel like choking themselves before this week is out. Coverage of Reagan's death and the accompanying retrospective is likely to relight the torch of Americans feeling good about America all over again, and that is NOT good news for phoney wannabes such as John Effin' Kerry.


41 posted on 06/06/2004 2:44:14 AM PDT by arbyrdgrad
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To: Salamander
"What's the frequency, Kenneth?" isn't enough?

Well, you could always add "Courage" from that phase of his self-immortalization project.

42 posted on 06/06/2004 3:01:21 AM PDT by Watery Tart ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!")
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To: Howlin

I have always found that I can pull a line from "Gone With The Wind" to cover virtually any situation that arises in life. When I saw Peter Jennings eulogizing Ronald Reagan, it struck me as so hypocritical, I told my wife, "Reminds me of Scarlet saying of Melanie after she died, 'You know I loved her really,' and Rhett replying that no, I don't know that, but at least it's to your credit that you finally appreciate her at the end.


43 posted on 06/06/2004 3:13:44 AM PDT by HHFi
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To: Bogey78O

You've got that right and that's all I will say because it only gets worse when I talk about Rather.


44 posted on 06/06/2004 3:13:47 AM PDT by JOE43270 (JOE43270)
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To: My Dog Likes Me

You know for as much as the media disliked him, the ones I saw last night had wonderful reflections of him. Actually Matthews was probable the best. I think he really liked the guy.


45 posted on 06/06/2004 3:32:12 AM PDT by mware
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To: My Dog Likes Me

Peggy Noonan and others say Rather is a decent guy in private. I despise his politics, but it is likely that Rather DID feel quite strongly about Reagan's passing.

I think Reagan's courage (both Ronald and Nancy!) in facing this horrible disease has caused a lot of liberals to re-think the personal animosity they felt for the Reagans during the 80s. I've met a number of liberals over the past few years who have said, "I used to think Nancy was a bitch, but she's been a great example to all of us in recent years"

Of course, the Reagan's weren't the ones who changed, but people whose political bias caused them to hate the Reagans have recognized their decency on a human level.


46 posted on 06/06/2004 3:40:42 AM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: Lijahsbubbe; My Dog Likes Me

<< Rather is simply searching for his "Cronkite" moment. You know, something that the future news anchors can play over and over again when Rather is being remembered, like Cronkite announcing JFK's death.

.... Rather cries alot. I think he may be depressed or something. He looks like he could be. [Armchair psychiatry] -- At any rate, when he does cry, I think it's all about him. >>

Yep.

A Cronkite-like KKKli'too/Castro/Hussayn hugging phony.


47 posted on 06/06/2004 3:49:33 AM PDT by Brian Allen (Did you hear that my beloved FRiend died, today? -- President Ronald Wilson Reagan 1911 - 2004)
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To: My Dog Likes Me

I read your transcript and watched it as well. At the end did you catch the bit about "we mourn his presidency...........and death." I was pissed when I heard that.


48 posted on 06/06/2004 3:51:39 AM PDT by doodad
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To: mware
It's all part of the setup. The DNC talking point will be "GWB is no Reagan. He doesn't know how to 'get along' with us. He's a divider". Frank Lautenberg already floated that line from Normandy this morning on Fox. They build up their phony, revisionist "love and admiration" for Ronnie in order to draw a negative comparison with GWB.

You'll hear this all week.

49 posted on 06/06/2004 3:55:07 AM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Brian Allen

Rather and Reagan: A Pattern of Bias at the Eyemark Network
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1148443/posts


50 posted on 06/06/2004 3:57:44 AM PDT by RatherBiased.com
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