Skip to comments.Ron Reagan, Jr.: Bush-Hater?
Posted on 06/15/2004 7:22:09 PM PDT by txradioguy
Republicans were dismayed to hear Ron Reagan, Jr., deliver what sounded like a rebuke to President Bush during a final tribute before his father was buried on Friday.
Referring to his dad as "a deeply, unabashedly religious man," the Reagan son added, "But he never made the mistake the fatal mistake of so many politicians - wearing his faith on his sleeve to gain political advantage. . . "
"He accepted [his faith] as a responsibility, not a mandate," noted the presidential son. "And there is a profound difference."
Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said there was no doubt the comments were a slap at Bush, but noted that Reagan Jr., "is somebody who's on the left more than on the right."
"He's never been in lockstep with his father or his father's legacy," Brinkley told WABC Radio's Steve Malzberg.
In fact, Bush supporters should probably consider themselves lucky that Ron Jr. was able to keep his Bush-bashing under wraps for as long as he did.
Commenting on the president's nomination four years ago, a less restrained Ron Jr. asked sarcastically, "What's his accomplishment? That he's no longer an obnoxious drunk?"
A for President Reagan's religion, he was indeed unabashed when it came to his Christian faith. He was the first president in over a century who openly professed his faith in "Jesus Christ." He used almost every major public opportunity to invoke God, God's name or prayer.
One of his most famous speeches, where he called the Soviet Union an 'Evil Empire', was at a conference of Evangelical ministers.
i was wondering myself if patti and ron would vote for kerry this fall.
Who cares. Any notoriety Ron Jr, or Patti for that matter, had was buried with their august father.
I believe that Ron is known member of the Watermelon Party.
This issue is best forgotten. It can't possibly do anyone any good.
There was an article yesterday in NewsMax talking about Patti's close relationship with Kerry and from what I understand Jr. is a Nader supporter.
That said, to take a political swipe at ANYBODY at somebody's funeral is the epitome of TACKY. If he would have criticized Carter or Clinton it would be equally as tacky. Funerals are NOT the time for that.
"Funerals are NOT the time for that."
He must have mistakenly thought he was at the Wellstone Pep Rally.
Junior wears his politics on his sleeve -- at a funeral for his Dad.
I fear we'll be reading/posting/hearing arguments and discussions about this matter for at least the next six or seven years.
It was also a swipe at Michael Reagan.
That said, I thought Junior's comments were valid political points that don't get raised often enough. Joe Lieberman's did-I-mention-I'M-JEWISH campaign rhetoric came immediately to mind, as did Algore's blackface preacher Steppin Fetchit routine.
Don't forget that no pol ever carried a bigger Bible in public than Bill Clinton.
Or given more rides than Greyhound. She certainly looked it.
Valid points they might be. But a political rally...NOT a funeral for your father is the proper place to make your views known.
He seems a little slack in the drawers. My wife commented on how Michael had to not only comfort his wife and family, but had to take care of Ron's wife during the final visit to the casket.
"it's heartbreaking to have witnessed the bastardization of President Reagan's burial buy his own son who bears his name. Absolutely hideous."
What a shame that this poor excuse for a man shares a name with such an incredible leader. He certainly will never attain greatness like his father. He doesn't have the basic character inside of him--if he did he would have known that such a comment at such a time was completely selfish and inappropriate.
I sure am glad that Nancy was alive to see to it that Reagan got the state funeral he deserved. I get the feeling that Patti and Ron would have done everything they could to have kept it short and would have buried him the day he died.
My God..your words need to be framed!
Ron Reagan Jr. has never been politically reliable. A larger part of that may owe to being in reaction to the father's politics, much as Candace Bergen reacted to her famous father's beliefs. Considering that Ron Reagan Jr. has not been much of a major player, maybe the institutional Hollywood crowd isn't buying it.
patti and ron jr. are examples of spoiled hollywood brats who never worked a day in their lives and feel guilty as a result. We can only thank God that their father was able to raise a Country despite the fact that two (not three) of his own children turned out to be scumbags.
Ron and Patti don't know who the hell they are. They are both spoiled kids who have never grown up and will use their father's legacy to further their own ambitions, however weak they are.........
Thank you. I nearly wept when Ron Jr. squandered one, final moment to do his father proud. My blood pressure must have spiked more than 20 points following is dig at GWB and Christians, in general.
The kid dropped out of Yale to become a ballet dancer; what more needs to be said?
Or, perhaps, he wanted to convert his father's funeral into Wellstone Rally Version 2.0.
Fortunately for us, like everything else this punk does, he failed.
Or, Bill Clinton, apparently inviting 3 men of the cloth to supposedly help counsel him to mend his wicked ways.
Or, how about the Reverend Jessie Jackson and the Reverend Al Sharpton, using their religious title to meddle in politics. Talk about separation between church and state.
Or, how about just about any democrat running for public office campaigning in black churches.
So who knows exactly what the son of Ronald Reagan was trying to convey. If he was taking a jab at President Bush, I'm sure his dearly beloved father would not agree. Maybe, sometime he will feel a heavenly pull on his earlobes for doing so.
He's not nearly a quaint as he thinks. People will for get the ballet dancer/psuedo-journalist/dog show announcer soon enough.
Ron is a total flake. His smirk on his face through the entire thing made me want to vomit...the entire week. All I could remember is the 1980s and his bashing his father left and right. Don't get me started on the other one..not only was her hair a crime scene but she is just so damn fake and in it for the money/book earnings for years to come...they could be the 2 easiest people to read through in the history of mankind.
This is picky, but I've noticed certain press calling him Ron, Jr. I'm not too sure he is a Jr.
Junior is just another data point to prove that there is no lifeguard in the gene pool.
he is not really Jr.
I hope he speaks at kerry's convention and screams at the top of his lungs "WE WIIL WIN!!.. WE WILL WIN!!" about 40 times. That would clench the election for Bush.
President Reagan WOULD think W's faith is genuine...as most people in this country do. A staunch hard left Lib like Ron Jr. thinks it's a put on for political purposes.
A sad aftermath for the funeral of the finest president in my lifetime. President Reagan was a man of faith but he left two offspring who are not believers. I would rather be a common man whose children love the Lord than walk in Reagan' boots. History will record him as a great leader. Eternity may record him as a failure because he did not "communicate" his faith to his children. Thank God for the adopted one - Michael!
Is/has Patti ever been married? Current boy friend? I noticed she was alone.
I can't wait for the Ron defenders to come in here and defend him and his whore sister......it's gonna get bloody on this thread...
Why doesn't anyone think it was a jab at Kerry? After all. Kerry is well known for making every church appearance a photo op. I think Kerry has USED his religion to the point of blasphemy. This could well have been a jap at him.
Michael is and always will be one word: CLASS. He is Aces in my book and Ron's bio kids wish they had the pull and class that Michael has.
Daddy was Ronald Wilson
He is Ronald Prescott
You are technically correct. But going all the way back to 1981 I've heard him referred to as "Ron Jr."
Old habits die hard.
And here's something else I speculate. In 1980 when Reagan took office how old was Ronald Reagan, Jr.? I'm sure there were times at various functions when the Reagan children and the Bush children were in attendance. And the Bush boys...handsome, athletic, MACHO...and then there was Ronald Reagan, Jr. A ballet dancer. How much you wanna bet the Bush boys got the attention from Ronald Reagan, Sr. I'd put money on it.
She must be a lib with such tortured logic as that.
I don't know if she's married but Michael Reagan seems to be head and shoulders above Nancy's children.
Ron is a creep, IMO. I happened to also notice that he never bowed his head during the various prayers. He just held his head up with a smug sort of look. He irritated the heck out of me.
"Why doesn't anyone think it was a jab at Kerry?"
Because of Ron's well doccumented hatred for W. It's naieve to think it was a swipe at Clintoon or F'n.
Communicating his faith to his children and them being too self absorbed to get it are separate issues. They could not have not seen or experienced their father's Faith.
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