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Rove says Reagan had "a first-rate mind"
LA Daily News ^ | 6/11/05 | AP

Posted on 06/11/2005 9:39:24 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) -- Karl Rove said critics are wrong to portray the president as a good-natured bumpkin.

George W. Bush's top political adviser wasn't talking about his boss. He meant the late President Ronald Reagan, who like the current White House tenant was mocked by some comics and critics as being intellectually shallow.

"Reagan was a man of ideas" who had "a first-rate mind," Rove said during a guest lecture Saturday at the Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

"He was a great communicator because he had great ideas to communicate" and was right in his view that communism would fail, said Rove.

"Ronald Reagan's optimism about America was anchored in reality," Rove said, "an understanding of the strength and basic decency of the American people.

"We were very blessed to have him and we still miss him."

Rove got a standing ovation before and after his speech to about 300 people.

Former first lady Nancy Reagan also visited the library Saturday. She received the keys to a U.S. Secret Service vehicle that completes a motorcade display that will open this fall.

She thank more than 100 retired Secret Service agents for coming to the ceremony.

"I just want to give each one of you a big hug," she said.

"It brought tears to my eyes," said John Bartlett, a retired agent who worked with Reagan almost up until his death last year. "It was very nice of her to do this."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: firstrate; mind; reagan; rove; tribute

1 posted on 06/11/2005 9:39:24 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

In this photo released by BEImages, Nancy Reagan places a bouquet of white roses on the gravesite of her late husband, former President Ronald Reagan, to commemorate the one year anniversary of his passing at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif., on Sunday, June 5, 2005. (AP Photo/Alex Berliner, BEImages)


2 posted on 06/11/2005 9:44:35 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: NormsRevenge; Fam4Bush
Reagan was awesome, anyone who thinks otherwise will get an earful from me.The press and clown democrats always tried to belittle him and by doing so just showed their complete ignorance and stupidity. God Bless Ronald Reagan!!!!
3 posted on 06/11/2005 9:49:44 PM PDT by scott says
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To: NormsRevenge

He also had something many politicos lack. COMMON SENSE.


4 posted on 06/11/2005 9:51:58 PM PDT by marty60
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To: NormsRevenge
The Press and MSM in general has been exposed as the Mindless Minions that they are. What they believe is what Hollyweird believes, since they have the same sources (each other).

Besides, Jimmy Carter is supposed to be the most intelligent President, right?

No One needs to tell me that Ronald Reagan was one of the Greatest Leaders of our Nations History, it is clearly evident.

What Thomas Paine could have done with this material would be most enjoyable reading.
5 posted on 06/11/2005 10:01:32 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: marty60
I was fortunate to be near him on several occasions and hear him speak to supporters. He was the most genuinely caring and compassionate person I've ever seen.

He truly loved and cared about people. And not just Americans. His demeanor and expression was genuine when he stood before the wall in Berlin and told Mr. Gorbachev to tear it down.

People who thought he was cold and mean spirited don't even have a clue. He demonstrated that the true purpose of conservatism is to better the lives of people, from the unborn to the elderly.

6 posted on 06/11/2005 10:03:25 PM PDT by bayourod (Unless we get 40% of the Hispanic vote in 2008, President Hillary will take all your guns away.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I miss Ronald Reagan....but, I believe his legacy lives on in the current President's administration!


7 posted on 06/11/2005 10:05:00 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Our military......the world's HEROES!)
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To: NormsRevenge
"He was a great communicator because he had great ideas to communicate"

I am glad Rove said this. There have been times when someone would say about a person, "He has a way with words." and I would think, Words are just symbols of thought. He has a great way of thinking.

8 posted on 06/11/2005 10:15:52 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Read "In His Own Hand."

Ronald Reagan was the only significant intellect to ever occupy the White House.

9 posted on 06/11/2005 10:15:59 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The Lord has given us President Bush; let's now turn this nation back to him)
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To: editor-surveyor
Ronald Reagan was the only significant intellect to ever occupy the White House.

While Ronald Wilson Reagan is my hero, and the man who shaped my ideology, I have to respectfully disagree with this statement. Thomas Jefferson was a "significant intellect" in his own right, as anyone who has read his writings will attest.

10 posted on 06/11/2005 10:35:05 PM PDT by Stonedog (I don't know what your problem is, but I bet it's difficult to pronounce.)
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To: Stonedog

I have read Jefferson's writings, and while I will admit that he was an excellent mathematician, his social ideas were largely without basis in reality, and his spiritual thinking was gnostic to a large extent.


11 posted on 06/11/2005 10:43:22 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The Lord has given us President Bush; let's now turn this nation back to him)
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To: goodnesswins

"I miss Ronald Reagan....but, I believe his legacy lives on in the current President's administration!"

GWB is a good president, but hardly great like Reagan. Time will tell though..


12 posted on 06/12/2005 2:25:20 AM PDT by LongsforReagan (Howard, we hate you too!)
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To: scott says

All those people across America who attended gatherings in his honor, in small and large towns across America would agree with you.

Lets see what happens when Carter passes away. Whatever the MSM says or does it wont resonate with the American people the way Reagans passing did.

He was the best, ever!


13 posted on 06/12/2005 2:27:42 AM PDT by LongsforReagan (Howard, we hate you too!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Oh yes. The Dems on Ronald Reagan. I hearken back to a more civil time in politics. (Sarcasm off)
14 posted on 06/12/2005 2:54:27 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: LongsforReagan

GWB is a good president, but hardly great like Reagan. Time will tell though..

Regan remains to be a hero of mine but I think that time will tell that GWB is just as great or maybe even greater, maybe..


15 posted on 06/12/2005 2:59:10 AM PDT by garylmoore (Homosexuality: Obviously unnatural, so obviously wrong.)
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To: NormsRevenge

AYear already, wow. and yet some x presidents are like bad b-movie monsters that you can't get rid of.


16 posted on 06/12/2005 3:08:47 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: goodnesswins
I miss Ronald Reagan....but, I believe his legacy lives on in the current President's administration!

With all due respect, I believe your belief system might be experiencing a slight malfunction at the moment.

17 posted on 06/12/2005 4:03:28 AM PDT by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Ronald Reagan still remains the shining star of the modern conservative movement - it is by him that we should navigate and set our course.

Regards, Ivan


18 posted on 06/12/2005 4:06:23 AM PDT by MadIvan (You underestimate the power of the Dark Side - http://www.sithorder.com/)
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To: NormsRevenge

19 posted on 06/12/2005 4:24:23 AM PDT by Jackknife (No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.-MacArthur)
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To: LongsforReagan

Your name has always said it best for me!!!


20 posted on 06/12/2005 5:09:39 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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She thank more than 100 retired Secret Service agents for coming to the ceremony..."I just want to give each one of you a big hug," she said..."It brought tears to my eyes," said John Bartlett, a retired agent who worked with Reagan almost up until his death last year. "It was very nice of her to do this."

God bless you, Nancy Reagan.

21 posted on 06/12/2005 5:57:38 AM PDT by jla
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To: goodnesswins
I miss Ronald Reagan....but, I believe his legacy lives on in the current President's administration!

Please, don't even try and go there.

22 posted on 06/12/2005 5:58:44 AM PDT by jla
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To: LongsforReagan

bttt


23 posted on 06/12/2005 6:00:20 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (DON'T FIRE UNTIL YOU SEE THE WHITES OF THE CURTAINS THEY ARE WEARING ON THEIR HEADS !)
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To: editor-surveyor
Ronald Reagan was the only significant intellect to ever occupy the White House.

There have been more than a few "significant intellects" that had occupied the Presidency. Especially with the Founding Fathers....
24 posted on 06/12/2005 6:38:59 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (10,000 posts by 29 June!!! 9,826 or so replies and counting....Getting Closer!!!!)
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To: varon; jla

Talk to me in 30 years, thou all seeing.....sheesh.


25 posted on 06/12/2005 1:58:02 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Our military......the world's HEROES!)
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To: MikeinIraq
There have been more than a few "significant intellects" that had occupied the Presidency. Especially with the Founding Fathers....

Most of the founding fathers never served as president. Most of the early presidents were just and moral men, but were not great intellects.

26 posted on 06/12/2005 9:18:51 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The Lord has given us President Bush; let's now turn this nation back to him)
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