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Michael Reagan to NewsMax: "Dad Is Home Now"
NewsMax.com ^ | 6/7/04 | Phil Brennan

Posted on 06/06/2004 7:35:12 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Michael Reagan, President Reagan's oldest son, a nationally syndicated radio host and columnist for NewsMax Magazine, made the following statement to NewsMax.com Sunday afternoon.

"I can think about the times that we spent together as a father and son, sometimes just literally talking about nothing, but just being there and being in awe of him.

"I think about those days when he was governor of California and how wonderful a job he did for the state. I can think about the times that he allowed me to be in his presence when tough decisions were ready to be made.

"For example, on the evening that he chose George W. Bush’s father to be his running mate as the candidate for the vice presidency. Dad invited me to be in his inner circle as those decisions were made.

"I remember the night in 1976 when I asked him what he missed most about not winning his party’s nomination as their presidential candidate. He said to me: 'Michael, what I miss most is not being able to sit down with the Russians and saying to them nyet because it’s been so long that we’ve been giving up too much to get along with them. It’s time for the Russians to get along with us.'

"But what I remember most about my dad, and what puts me at peace with where he is today, is a conversation I had with him as he was flying back on Air Force One and he allowed me to accompany him back to Point Mugu [Air Base, Calif.].

"It was Easter Week in the last year of his presidency, and he looked at me and he counted out 'nine' on his fingers. I asked what that meant, and he said: 'Michael, it will be nine more months when I will be able to feel the freedom once again to go to church each and every Sunday. You know, Michael, ever since I was shot I have worried about putting other people in harm’s way by being among them, so I haven’t been to church on a regular basis and even though I have offered my presidency up to God I haven’t been with God on Sundays. That’s what I’m looking forward to.'

"And as I look back over Dad’s 93 years, what puts me truthfully at peace is knowing that my father was fully aware of who his God is. Not only did he offer up his presidency but he offered up his life a long time ago to serve his God.

"And so now the peace I feel is knowing that my father has gone home to be with his God and his Lord, and that is the greatest gift that he ever gave me."


TOPICS: Editorial; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: godblessronaldreagan; michaelreagan; ronaldreagan; ronaldwilsonreagan

1 posted on 06/06/2004 7:35:13 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
He said to me: 'Michael, what I miss most is not being able to sit down with the Russians and saying to them nyet because it’s been so long that we’ve been giving up too much to get along with them. It’s time for the Russians to get along with us.'

We need more leaders like him and GW Bush who put this country first, which is the oath they take. We have lost this spirit in this country thanks to the global socialists in the other party who are still attempting to run everything with the media's help.

Thank you President Reagan for freeing us from the fear of the USSR.

2 posted on 06/06/2004 7:38:53 PM PDT by ladyinred (RIP Governor/President Reagan, ride peacefully into that sunset.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Prayers for Nancy, Mike, Patti, and Ron.


3 posted on 06/06/2004 7:43:39 PM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Pres. Reagan was greeted at the Pearly gates by his old college buddy, Moses.)
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To: WinOne4TheGipper

Minor fix.


4 posted on 06/06/2004 7:44:19 PM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Pres. Reagan was greeted at the Pearly Gates by his old college buddy, Moses.:-))
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I have yet to read or hear anyhting about President Reagan that hasn't moved me to tears. This is just one more thing that demonstrates what a wonderful man this guy was.


5 posted on 06/06/2004 7:50:27 PM PDT by Gator113
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To: ladyinred

Watching a few of the specials on Pres. Reagan this weekend, it's funny how time let's things slip by and in watching these shows I am once again inspired by the man and what he accomplished with his time here on earth.

The class shown by the Reagan family second to none.

I agree with your statement regarding GW too, I've just finished a couple of good books on the faith of GW and there is just so much negativity thrown at him from the radical-left that you just KNOW that he has got to be a very centered, solidly based man to remain true to his core beliefs.

God Speed Pres. Reagan...we will miss you but your legacy lives on.


6 posted on 06/06/2004 7:50:33 PM PDT by FlashBack (USA...USA...USA...USA...USA...USA...USA...USA...USA...USA..USA...USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

OHH what fitting tribute by Michael

Rack that article


7 posted on 06/06/2004 7:56:33 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("Not everybody , in it, for truth, justice, and the American way,"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: FlashBack

I'm with you. I caught a number of the reports on President Reagan on Fox this weekend and was awe struck by what the man accomplished. He put together a great team, saved the nation - if not the world - and forever changed the dialogue of politics. Ronald Reagan literally moved the political center of both the nation and the world.

I am hopeful that his passing will reinspire every American (certainly every Republican) to fight harder than ever to ensure this country's existence and progress on all fronts.


8 posted on 06/06/2004 8:01:47 PM PDT by NCPAC
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To: Peach; Mo1; ohioWfan; homemom

fine article bump


9 posted on 06/06/2004 8:10:52 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (The RATS must turn to a cheating, lying, perjurist/rapist to try to save their candidate. Bwahahaha!)
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To: prairiebreeze

Thanks, Prairie--it is a good article.

Did I read/see/hear somewhere that Michael Reagan does NOT support Pres. Bush?


10 posted on 06/06/2004 8:15:14 PM PDT by homemom (Sometimes we do things because the short-term reward is more powerful than the long-term penalty.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I know he's with God, and I know he's now free from a body that imprisoned him these last years, but I'm still going to miss him and I'm still going to wish we had just a little longer.


11 posted on 06/06/2004 8:19:10 PM PDT by McGavin999 (If Kerry can't deal with the "Republican Attack Machine" how is he going to deal with Al Qaeda)
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To: NCPAC
Our current President is doing the same thing...
12 posted on 06/06/2004 8:19:54 PM PDT by Hotdog
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To: homemom
Hmm. That sounds accurate, but I'm not fully sure. Not certain of any details really.

Prairie

13 posted on 06/06/2004 8:24:45 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (sKerry is a sKunk!!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"And so now the peace I feel is knowing that my father has gone home to be with his God and his Lord, and that is the greatest gift that he ever gave me."

He is finally smiling again.

Praise God.

Becki

14 posted on 06/06/2004 8:27:47 PM PDT by Becki (Pray continually for our leaders and our troops.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Speaking of noticing how much time has slipped by - I was watching the replay of portions of the Pont du Hoc speech - incredibly moving. What I noticed most about it was the degradation of the video. I can recall watching it in 1984, live, and had in my mind's eye a very crisp image of Reagan and the granite pylon behind him. In watching the video today - there was an amazing softness and a halo effect in the video. I hope some chowder head in the National Archives is digitizing this stuff so that it decays no further. These were magnificent speeches, great history and they deserve to be remembered as given.

Regarding Reagan in general - I recall what it was like during his administration, during which time I lived in Madison, Wisconsin. I saw the most vitriolic attacks on him in the local press, the most distorted and bizarre mischaracterizations appeared in the editorials of The Capital Times and in the editorial cartoons of Mike Konopaki. I cannot seem to find any of them online - perhaps someone out there has some to post. Reagan was depicted as this vampire like figure - preying on the poor, a war monger who was edging us toward nuclear doomsday by not choosing the diplomatic compromise with the Soviet Union.

Dinesh D'Souza's piece on NRO Online (actually a replay of a 1997 column) points out what was actually said and written about Reagan in the past. There were incredible distortions and attacks and I think that we need to be forthright today as we mourn his passing - in calling out those who demagogue'd against him and the Reagan Revolution. To see Ted Kennedy offering condolences turns my stomach - because I remember the vitriol and bile he spewed while Reagan was in office.

15 posted on 06/06/2004 8:40:21 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Seeing the replay of famous speeches by President Reagan on C-SPAN really has been a walk down memory lane.


16 posted on 06/06/2004 8:53:19 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (John Kerry: An old creep, with gray hair, trying to look like he's 30 years old.)
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To: NCPAC

Newt Gingrich on Fox News said it best when he said that the Reagan legacy lives on in George W. Bush.


17 posted on 06/06/2004 8:56:29 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (John Kerry: An old creep, with gray hair, trying to look like he's 30 years old.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Thank you for this one.


18 posted on 06/06/2004 9:04:22 PM PDT by xp38
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To: Wolfstar; My2Cents; doodlelady; Travis McGee; South40

From Mike's heart.
More tears.


19 posted on 06/06/2004 9:06:47 PM PDT by onyx
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To: onyx; Trinity_Tx

Is Mike Reagan on the radio anywhere any more?


20 posted on 06/06/2004 9:17:00 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Travis McGee

Yeah, but I don't think we get him here.


21 posted on 06/06/2004 9:20:26 PM PDT by onyx
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To: homemom
Mikael Reagan support GWB all the time and behind him 100%. I've seen him on Fox support GWB all the time.
22 posted on 06/06/2004 9:39:05 PM PDT by ducks1944 (GOD BLESS THE USA ! !)
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To: Travis McGee
You can find him here and here
23 posted on 06/06/2004 9:44:02 PM PDT by old-ager
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To: BigSkyFreeper
Newt Gingrich on Fox News said it best when he said that the Reagan legacy lives on in George W. Bush.

I am in total agreement with that. They both seem to embody an ideal that went out of fashion with Westerns. Strength....Character...

Sadly they make very few men like that these days.

24 posted on 06/06/2004 9:53:47 PM PDT by softengine (Life is like a roll of toilet paper.....The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

It is always a pleasure hearing Michael Reagan. Do you think that someday he would.........


25 posted on 06/06/2004 9:57:11 PM PDT by taxesareforever
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To: old-ager; onyx

Thanks!


26 posted on 06/06/2004 9:59:16 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Travis McGee; old-ager
Thanks, Old-ager. : )

I think Premier dropped him about 6 months ago.

Dog-eat-dog business now with all the stations saving $$$$ using one of 3 basic packages. Wal-Martization of talk-radio, I guess. lol
27 posted on 06/06/2004 10:44:06 PM 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: Trinity_Tx

Dog eat dog is right!


28 posted on 06/06/2004 11:23:08 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: ducks1944

I'd think since his dad and the Bush's were all friends, he would be supportive. I can't think of who it was that I saw who was so UNsupportive. It just struck me that that person (whoever it was)would not support GWB. THanks for the info.


29 posted on 06/07/2004 5:43:36 AM PDT by homemom (Sometimes we do things because the short-term reward is more powerful than the long-term penalty.)
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To: prairiebreeze

There's another post here thaat says MR is supportive of GWB. I hope that's right--just can't rem. who it was who was so UNsupportive.


30 posted on 06/07/2004 5:44:53 AM PDT by homemom (Sometimes we do things because the short-term reward is more powerful than the long-term penalty.)
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To: homemom

I remember hearing Ron, Jr. doesn't support Pres. Bush (not surprising), but I've never heard that said about Michael.


31 posted on 06/07/2004 5:59:11 AM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: Heart of Georgia

Maybe THAT is who it was--Ron Jr.


32 posted on 06/07/2004 6:09:05 AM PDT by homemom (Sometimes we do things because the short-term reward is more powerful than the long-term penalty.)
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To: Travis McGee

I'm fairly confident that Mike Reagan still has a radio show. I can recall hearing his program one night about a year or so ago.

Late one evening while driving home from a friend's, my radio was still on the AM station where I listen to Rush. I was driving out in the country so reception was weak - the radio quality was quite haunting. There were no street lights and a heavy fog slowed my driving considerably. Mike was relaying a story about American women who were courted by and eventually married Middle Eastern men. These men's motives were quite suspect and not revealed until after the weddings. They ruled every aspect of their wives' lives (and assets) while attaining a cover for covert activities. I don't recall the specifics, but he relayed actual cases and told of some pretty horrible experiences. The portion of the program I heard that evening truly frightened me. He, like President Reagan, is an excellent communicator as well.


33 posted on 06/07/2004 6:29:50 AM PDT by Quilla (God bless America, President George W. Bush, our brave troops, and Freepers everywhere.)
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