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Michael Reagan calls brother an 'embarrassment' (Michael is right)
Politico ^ | January 15, 2011 | James Hohmann

Posted on 01/15/2011 3:13:19 PM PST by jazusamo

Ronald Reagan’s conservative son called his liberal half-brother “an embarrassment” Saturday for speculating in a new memoir that their father suffered from Alzheimer’s disease while president.

“Ron, my brother was an embarrassment to his father when he was alive and today he became an embarrassment to his mother,” Michael Reagan posted on Twitter.

“My brother seems to want [to] sell out his father to sell books,” he added in another tweet.

The sibling tension bubbles over just three weeks before Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, which will kick off a year of events to honor the 40th president.

In “My Father at 100,” Ron Reagan recalls early warning signs of his father losing his mental faculties. “The question,” he writes, “of whether my father suffered from the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s while in office more or less answers itself.”

Michael Reagan, adopted during President Reagan’s first marriage, comes out with his own book on Tuesday. It’s a polemic called “The New Reagan Revolution: How Ronald Reagan’s Principles Can Restore America’s Greatness.” Newt Gingrich, a likely 2012 Republican candidate for president, wrote the foreword.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, closely tied to former first lady Nancy Reagan, issued its own statement, more delicate but still forceful, pushing back on the claim that he suffered from Alzheimer’s while leading the free world.

“We believe Ron has written a wonderfully warm and engaging book about life with his father, Ronald Reagan,” the foundation said. “It offers a tribute that only a son could present. As for the topic of Alzheimer’s, this subject has been well documented over the years by both President Reagan’s personal physicians, physicians who treated him after the diagnosis, as well as those who worked closely with him daily. All are consistent in their view that signs of Alzheimer’s did not appear until well after President Reagan left the White House.”

Indeed, Reagan was not officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s until 1994.

Ron Reagan recalled the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s during an interview that aired Friday night on ABC’s “20/20,” but he also argued that it should not undercut the legacy of his father’s presidency.

In the book, he guesses that his father probably would have resigned had he known he was ill. Excerpts from the book, which doesn’t come out until Tuesday, were first published on the U.S. News & World Report’s Washington Whispers blog.

“Pray for my brother,” Michael Reagan wrote in another post on Twitter.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: michaelreagan; ronaldprescottreagan; ronaldreagan; ronreagan
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1 posted on 01/15/2011 3:13:21 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

That’s ok, Michael. We’ve known that for years.


2 posted on 01/15/2011 3:17:26 PM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: jazusamo
"Pray for my brother,” Michael Reagan wrote in another post on Twitter.

Sorry, not unless he stops the publication of this shameful fiction.

3 posted on 01/15/2011 3:18:00 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: jazusamo
Please bump the Freepathon and donate or become a monthly donor!

4 posted on 01/15/2011 3:19:16 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: onyx

Wells said, onyx. It’s clear to me he said this to sell books, he’s pathetic.


5 posted on 01/15/2011 3:20:37 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

No need to be embarrassed Mike. We know what your brother is and don’t hold you accountable for his idiocy.


6 posted on 01/15/2011 3:20:47 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: jazusamo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_aPGI5dUeo


7 posted on 01/15/2011 3:21:48 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: onyx

When I told hubby about Ron Jr.’s words, his first response was, “He must need $$$$$ and has a book to sell.” Who will buy this book?????????


8 posted on 01/15/2011 3:23:30 PM PST by petitfour (Are you a Dead Fish American?)
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To: jazusamo

I hope the book isn’t so bad in its entirety. This juicy tidbit has been cherry-picked and trumpeted by the MSM for days now ... sigh.

I miss Maureen, R.I.P.


9 posted on 01/15/2011 3:28:44 PM PST by gloryblaze (Don't forget to donate and keep FR going strong!)
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To: bgill

There, he finally said what we knew.


10 posted on 01/15/2011 3:29:15 PM PST by omega4179 (Loughner--influenced by Chris Matthews.)
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To: petitfour; jazusamo

I’ll pray his mother cuts him complete out of her Will -— leaving him nothing from his father.


11 posted on 01/15/2011 3:30:16 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: gloryblaze

Well my father’s passed on, and bless his heart. Ron JR. is scum. You just don’t speak ill of the dead.


12 posted on 01/15/2011 3:30:27 PM PST by BenKenobi
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To: gloryblaze
I miss Maureen, R.I.P.

Amen to that!

13 posted on 01/15/2011 3:30:29 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: petitfour

What’s so stupid - aside from the disgraceful disrespect for his own Dad - is that he ain’t gonna sell books to those lefty dweebs. If he wants to make money, he’d do a whole lot better marketing it to conservatives. They can read for one thing.


14 posted on 01/15/2011 3:35:21 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: petitfour
If someone is looking to the left to make money then they're ignorant of history. A few can but most end up holding an empty bag. He was one of the least mentioned or quoted hosts by the left when Air America Radio was on the air. They only reason they even acknowledge him was because of who his father was.

Ron has set himself up as the Anti Gipper. What ever his father said or believed Ron almost always takes the opposing view.

Chock one up for the nurture side in the nature versus nurture argument. Ron was the Gipper’s biological son and Micheal was adopted. Michael Reagan is one of the closest minds we now have to his father and Ron is a leftist and a lame one to boot.

15 posted on 01/15/2011 3:37:58 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: cripplecreek

16 posted on 01/15/2011 3:46:06 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: jazusamo

No doubt Joe Scarborough already has Ron Jr. booked for Monday’s show.


17 posted on 01/15/2011 3:48:59 PM PST by truthkeeper
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To: truthkeeper

I’d bet you’re right and what a love fest they’ll have, Joe will agree with him.


18 posted on 01/15/2011 3:54:18 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

I heard Reagan speak in California, in 1992 (a desperate attempt to get Bush Sr. re-elected). He was OUTSTANDING. It was obvious that he was operating at full-tilt. He mentioned Santa Anna winds, and how Bill Clinton couldn’t deal with them...because of the ‘draft’. AWESOME.

...and that was 4 years after he left office.


19 posted on 01/15/2011 3:54:35 PM PST by BobL
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To: jazusamo
I remember when this poofter went on SNL in the mid 80's and acted like a classless ass. I don't think this loser is going to be able to support these claims and in turn will be a laughing stock for being such a lying POS.


20 posted on 01/15/2011 3:55:49 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: JoeProBono

In his wildest wet dreams. _rick!!!


21 posted on 01/15/2011 3:56:39 PM PST by tubebender (The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in Eureka...)
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To: jazusamo

Ron Jr.

All I have to say is Frank Sinatra had it in for Ronald Reagan. Nancy strayed.


22 posted on 01/15/2011 3:59:27 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Clintonfatigued

What’s this have to do with the Ronald Reagan story?


23 posted on 01/15/2011 4:00:02 PM PST by Wiggins
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To: onyx

Are they half-brothers as it says in the article? I thought that Michael was adopted and President Reagan was not genetically related to him. Ron Jr. and Michael are adopted brothers, aren’t they?

I’ve always thought it was ironic because Michael is more Reagan’s son than Ron Jr. is, in values and ideas.


24 posted on 01/15/2011 4:01:14 PM PST by Melian ( See Matt 7: 21 and 1 John 2: 3-6)
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To: jazusamo
Reagan was not officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s until 1994.

That explains the father's mental condition. What's Junior's excuse?

25 posted on 01/15/2011 4:04:23 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: jazusamo

Yeah, and unfortunately the rest of the U.S. has many families with just such ‘embarassments’.


26 posted on 01/15/2011 4:04:25 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: BobL

Ron Jr. is a flat out liar as far as I’m concerned.

I watched the short segment on 20/20 last night with the wife and Ron was saying he couldn’t really point to anything specific but it was a feeling he had at the time and then mentioned something about notes by the phones. It’s clear to me he was really reaching when he wrote it and now he’s catching flak and back peddling a little.


27 posted on 01/15/2011 4:06:18 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Melian

Yes, Michael was adopted but I’ve seen them incorrectly referred to before as half brothers.


28 posted on 01/15/2011 4:09:41 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: bgill

Ron’s book says more about him that it does his father.


29 posted on 01/15/2011 4:13:34 PM PST by MessyKate
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To: jazusamo

I met Micheal last year while waiting for an elevator at the Sherman Oaks galleria. He was very friendly with me and told me about the students that he took over to the former soviet union and how seeing that evil system changed their lives for the better.


30 posted on 01/15/2011 4:21:41 PM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: Melian

Since Michael was adopted by Ronald Reagan, Sr. during his first marriage and Ron, Jr. was born during the second marriage, technically Michael and Ron the Poof are half-brothers.


31 posted on 01/15/2011 4:24:39 PM PST by madison10
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To: jazusamo
Every time I hear/see Ron-nie....it reminds me of a scene from a favorite movie of mine...In Harms Way...

Captain Paul Eddington: Lieutenant, I don't know the situation between you and your father, but let me tell you this: Bums like your friend Owynn are with us always, like bad weather. But sailors like your old man only happen once in a while

Ensign Jere Torrey: I'm afraid I cannot accept your evaluation of Commander Owynn.

Captain Paul Eddington: Well , I'm afraid I cannot accept you as Rock Torrey's son. I think somebody got in there ahead of him.

32 posted on 01/15/2011 4:24:39 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: RckyRaCoCo

Wow! I SAW that movie recently. First time a week, or so ago. Line was funny as all get out. Movie was VERY intense and rather sordid for John Wayne movie.


33 posted on 01/15/2011 4:27:26 PM PST by madison10
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To: fabian

Thanks, that’s interesting. Michael has always impressed me as a genuinely good person.


34 posted on 01/15/2011 4:27:34 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: RckyRaCoCo

Yes, I remember that scene, of course I’ve seen the movie several times. :-)


35 posted on 01/15/2011 4:31:17 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Would love to see those two settle it with a good old fashioned fistfight. In fact, I’d pay to see that.


36 posted on 01/15/2011 4:33:07 PM PST by saint (There's hope for us, after all.)
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To: jazusamo

Like others have implied - Ron needed some money to pay off a bookie - and beating on his dad’s grave was the easiest way to do so.


37 posted on 01/15/2011 4:39:45 PM PST by BobL
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To: jazusamo

They are legally half-brothers, but are not biologically related. Michael was adopted by Ronald Reagan and his first wife, Jane Wyman. Maureen Reagan was the daughter of Jane Wyman and Ronald Reagan and was therefore Michael’s legal sister by law. Michael is a half-brother by adoption to Ron Jr. and Patty.


38 posted on 01/15/2011 4:52:07 PM PST by Gumdrop (proud to be an American citizen)
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To: jazusamo

Ballerina Boy is an embarrassment to his father...maybe not to his mother, but definitely to his father.


39 posted on 01/15/2011 4:53:26 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: gloryblaze

OMG! Maureen was a DOLL!!! What a sense of humor!! RIP indeed.


40 posted on 01/15/2011 4:54:28 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Gumdrop

Thanks, I follow you but it’s confusing. :-)


41 posted on 01/15/2011 4:55:03 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: BobL

Bookie hell...he needs a new Tutu.


42 posted on 01/15/2011 4:57:46 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: onyx
"Pray for my brother,” Michael Reagan wrote in another post on Twitter.

In my family the rest of that statement would be "Because I'm gonna KILL HIM!" lol

43 posted on 01/15/2011 5:49:57 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: jazusamo

The shame those two misfits, Ron and Patty have brought upon their parents.


44 posted on 01/15/2011 7:12:37 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: jazusamo

Prov 30:17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it. Yes, Pray for him!


45 posted on 01/15/2011 7:54:20 PM PST by Stymee
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To: petitfour
Ron Jr.’s (sic)

Ronald Prescott Reagan is no Ronald Wilson Reagan, Jr.

46 posted on 01/15/2011 8:09:33 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Yup. I should have said what I usually say and call him Ron Ron.


47 posted on 01/15/2011 8:38:01 PM PST by petitfour (Are you a Dead Fish American?)
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To: jazusamo

I normally take anything by Politico with a grain of salt, but Michael Reagan was on Fox News and said the exact thing


48 posted on 01/16/2011 7:30:38 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: jazusamo
Every time I see Ron Reagans odd shaped head, I am reminded of the old comic strip character Denny Dimwit.


49 posted on 01/18/2011 6:29:08 AM PST by csmusaret (Q: How do they say incompetent failure in Kenya? A: Barack Obama)
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To: csmusaret

There’s definitely a strong resemblance. :-)


50 posted on 01/18/2011 9:15:57 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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