Skip to comments.Peggy Noonan: The Ben Elliott Story (What I saw at the funeral)
Posted on 06/13/2004 9:04:38 PM PDT by Pokey78
What was the meaning of the past remarkable nine days? You cannot stop the American people from feeling what they feel and showing it. From the crowds at Simi Valley to the hordes at the Capitol to the men and women who stopped and got out of their cars on Highway 101 to salute as Reagan came home--that was America talking to America about who America is.
It was a magnificent teaching moment for the whole country but most of all for the young, who barely remembered Ronald Reagan or didn't remember him at all. This week they heard who he was. The old ones spoke, on all the networks and in all the newspapers, and by the end of the week it was clear that Ronald Reagan had suddenly entered the Lincoln pantheon. By Friday it was no longer a question, as it had been for years, whether he was one of our top 10 presidents. It was a question only whether he was in the very top five or six--up there with Lincoln and Washington. An agreement had been reached: the 20th century came down to FDR and RWR.
What is important now is that we continue to speak of the meaning of his leadership. Not bang away about what a great guy he was--there are a lot of great guys--but what huge things he did, not because he had an "ideology" but because he had a philosophy, a specific one that had specific meaning. He was the great 20th-century conservative of America. He applied his philosophy to the realities of the world he lived in. In doing so he changed those realities, and for the better. This is what we must pass on.
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Heh, heh. Three totally forgettable people.
What a great article! She has given me my new tagline.
It will be recorded that Ronald Reagan cleaned up the mess that FDR left at his death, restored our time-honored values and put America back on the right path.
Who is "The Hack," and what is his involvement with Reagan and Peggy Noonan? Thanks to anyone who knows.
Just wondering the same thing!
As the article says, "the Hack" and "the haircut guy" are two of Peggy and Ben Elliott's lesser colleagues in the White House speechwriting office, whose names Peg very charitably changed to protect the guilty.
My (almost) 6 year old now knows exactly who he is and what he did.......she doesn't understand it all, but she will.
"No, you'd have to be literate to do that," I pointed out."
Go Peggy!!!! <|:-)~~
My eye went from a grieving Mikhail Gorbachev to Joan Rivers to Jim Billington of the Library of Congress to Oscar De la Renta, from Antonin Scalia to Buffy Cafritz, from Clarence Thomas to Merv Griffin, from Prince Charles to Oatsie Charles.
Forgive my ignorance, but who the heck are Buffy & Oatsie?
I read the article. I would appreciate it if you were not so patronizing.
I was specifically wondering if there was any information the exact reason for the enmity between this individual and Ms. Noonan. While "the haircut guy" is intentionally nondescript, it's clear she wants us to about her exchange with The Hack. So there was most likely some sort of public spat.
Oops, left out a key word...
I was specifically wondering if there was any information on the exact reason for the enmity between this individual and Ms. Noonan. While "the haircut guy" is intentionally nondescript, it's clear she wants us to know about her exchange with The Hack. So there was most likely some sort of public spat.
To be fair, Peggy borrowed this phrase from Mark Steyn.
Sorry about that. I've learned from experience not to assume that everybody actually reads the articles line for line before they post. Even I don't always do it. If I'd really meant to patronize you, believe me, you'd know it.
No idea who either of those clowns actually was, and beyond the level of idle curiosity, I don't really care.
Wow. The part about the Hack is awfully jarring in relation to the rest of the article. What the hell's going on here?
I'll take Reagan.
In his time as POTUS, FDR fought war on two fronts. The economy and national defense. After 9 years of the Great Depression, FDR couldn't get the great engine of US capitalism back on track. FDR couldn't win the economic war with his policy agenda. FDR did lead America to victory in WWII. Beating Imperialist Japan, nazi Germany and the other Axis powers. In the process, the US economy came roaring back to life.
50 years after FDR, Ronald Reagan fought war on two fronts also. Reagan cut taxes, lowered inflation and put the American economy back on track. Reagan won the economic war. After 40 years of military confrontation between the worlds two superpowers, Reagan's initiative of "Peace through Strength" finally won the Cold War. In the process Reagan ended Euro-communism and toppled the Soviet Union. Not bad at all.
Reagan loved FDR.
I loved Reagan.
I have never been SO disappointed in Peggy Noonan.
To use this occasion to settle old scores is tasteless and contemptible.
This should have been about Reagan...not about some creep called "The Hack."
I can't believe she would ruin her moment (I know I was looking forward to her column) with such Clinton-like trash.
Peggy, you let us down.