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Five myths about Ronald Reagan
Washington Post ^ | 02/04/2011 | Edmund Morris

Posted on 02/21/2011 10:49:02 PM PST by iowamark

It has been argued that Ronald Reagan was a myth himself, a construct of his own and other people's imaginings, rather than an extraordinary American about whom some untruths are told... in private a person of no ego and little charisma, in public a statesman of formidable purpose.

1. He was a bad actor...

2. He was but a movie-set soldier in World War II.

It's true that Reagan spent virtually all the war years flying a desk at the First Motion Picture Unit, USAAF, in Culver City. But that hardly means he did not passionately want to fight for his country overseas. Army doctors found his vision to be so defective, at "7/200 bilateral," that a tank could advance within seven feet of him before he could identify it as Japanese. His Warner Bros. colleague Eddie Albert, a veteran of the Pacific War, later told me about presenting Reagan with a souvenir from the bloodbath of Tarawa. "I've never forgotten the way he looked. Like I'd humiliated him." ...

3. He was warm-hearted....

4. He was only a campaign Christian.

On the contrary, Reagan was a "practical Christian," that being the name of a mainly Midwestern, social-work-oriented movement when he was growing up. At 11, young Dutch had an epiphany, prompted by the sight of his alcoholic father lying dead drunk on the front porch of the family house in Dixon, Ill...

5. He was an "amiable dunce."

Yeah, right, Clark Clifford. Ronald Reagan only performed successfully in six different careers: radio sportscaster, movie actor, trade union president, corporate spokesman, two-term governor and two-term president of the United States. Lucky for him he wasn't hampered by Jimmy Carter's intelligence!

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dutch; edmundmorris; reagan; reagan100
Edmund Morris has his flaws but he did spend a fair amount of time with Ronald Reagan.
1 posted on 02/21/2011 10:49:05 PM PST by iowamark
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To: iowamark

What flaw would that be? Being a liberal moron?


2 posted on 02/21/2011 10:51:08 PM PST by max americana
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To: iowamark

One myth not covered is that Obummer and Reagan are equals.


3 posted on 02/21/2011 11:03:59 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: iowamark

Bookmark to check out the full article later. Morris hasn’t said it in the excerpt but I sense it “Mr. Obama, you’re no Ronald Reagan.”


4 posted on 02/21/2011 11:08:28 PM PST by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: iowamark
2. He was but a movie-set soldier in World War II.

Not everyone who contributed was on the front lines.

Check out this short Youtube outtake of the Carson Show. At one point George Gobel says that he was a flight instructor in Oklahoma and obviously that's where they needed him or they wouldn't have sent him there. Naturally he follows this up with a joke!! :)

George Gobel on the Carson Show - 1969

5 posted on 02/21/2011 11:58:57 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Why are public employee unions attacking taxpayers?)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Indeed.

Not all of us are eligible. I was unaware that Reagan’s vision was so poor. Not a whole heck of a lot we can do about it.

The army has their standards. We can’t exactly pop out an eye and pop in one that works.


6 posted on 02/22/2011 12:34:21 AM PST by BenKenobi (Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. - Silent Cal)
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To: iowamark

Morris squandered the access he had to Reagan with Dutch. Incredible shame.


7 posted on 02/22/2011 3:27:32 AM PST by steveyp
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