Skip to comments.A day in the life of President Bush (photos): 6/8/04
Posted on 06/08/2004 6:34:20 PM PDT by rintense
President Bush continued to host the G8 Summit from Georgia today as the UN unanimously approved a resolution on Iraq. During a brief media Q&A today, Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi paid honored President Reagan saying, "First of all, I would like to express my condolences to the pass away of President Reagan. I would like to pay respect to his achievement, especially in numerous achievements, especially in strengthening our Japan-U.S. bilateral relationship." Enjoy your daily dose of Dubya!
My husband was saying the same thing all night tonight!
What did they do?
They're both unique and visionary leaders.
No cable; what did Ted Rahl or whatever his name is say / do?
NOO I been working alot hours
So I can't get it I am going be home tonight watch the funeral and had Friday off because some companies in Cali are giving employees day off
SO I am one few lucky one
Laura reacts to Cherie like to no other world leader's wife, or any other lady. I wonder what has made their friendship so special.
Look at that girlish waist on Mrs. Bush!
Indeed. And black, in Georgia, in June?
I really appreciate your feelings and remembrances of President Reagan. I was born in 83 so everything that I know about Reagan's time in office is from books and television. But to hear you guys explain from your own experiences Ronald Reagan, I almsot feel as if I was politically aware during that time.
I sometimes wish that I was a bit older during Reagan's admin but per Kayak's choice of scripture I know to be thankful for at least having the opportunity of seeing our nation pay tribute to such a wonderful man and great leader.
Thank you for sharing with us your recollections of President Reagan.
They went to Mexico and then spent the rest of their honeymoon campaigning.
I've only been paying attention again for the last few years. I hardly knew Carter or Reagan or Bush Sr.
Now Mike - I hear tell he has been paying attention for quite a while ...
I think you might enjoy this thread: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1150247/posts
"WORDS OF HOPE for AMERICA because of RONALD REAGAN"
Thanks for the research. I thoroughly admire your restraint in not putting the link here.
Growing up through the Clinton years and thankfully the Bush 43 years, I can kind of get a sense of what you are talking about. To live through so many years with a president who disrespected the office and did more harm than good -- it was like a sigh of relief when Bush was elected. I don't know if this is comparable to how people felt when Reagan beat out Carter, but from what I've read, and from Reagan's margin of victory, this seems to be the case.
It just amazes me the inspiring words I hear from people about Ronald Reagan. Granted, the leftist media will always be out their spewing their junk, but to see, read, and hear a vast majority of love and respect at this time is juat a testiment to Reagan. He loved and respected the American citizens, and now it's out turn to recipricate the love and respect.
I know that Conservatives are able to draw the similarties between Reagan and Bush. I just hope that more people are able to recognize these similarities and actually acknowledge them.
Wes Pruden weighs in on the Ted Rall mess.
The Washington Times
The virulent venom of frustrated rage
By Wesley Pruden
Published June 8, 2004
The lot of the no-account eastcoast libsnob longhaired artsyfartsy slagpunk francophile comsymp is not a happy one. Not this week.
All of America and much of the world is celebrating the life of a man who actually changed the course of history, and, for once, for the better. But not quite everyone.
Ronald Reagan's body is not yet mouldering in the grave, and already the tattered remnants of the counterculture are crying tears of baffled frustration that the passage of only a little more than a decade has begun to confer universal recognition of greatness on the 40th president of the United States.
The subterranean Internet sites where embittered lefties gather to trade their venomous toxins are aglow with incendiary hatred. One prominent Internet pundit describes the Gipper as a "stupid lizard" and another, a best-selling author, says of him: "Killer, coward, con man -- Ronald Reagan, goodbye and good riddance." Ted Rall, a syndicated cartoonist who only a month ago derided Pat Tillman as a "sap" and an "idiot" for giving up a pro football career and going to Afghanistan as a soldier, where he was killed, gloated over the Gipper's death: "I'm sure he's turning crispy brown right about now." A "gay activist" (and aspiring theologian) in Florida writes that Mr. Reagan will "spend eternity in hell" because he was "responsible for 500,000 American AIDS deaths and 10 million worldwide," which if true would have made the Gipper the studliest and busiest man in the bathhouse. (Ten million tricks is a lot of tricks, even for a Gipper.)
What turns these unworthies a shade of crispy brown is not that they think Ronald Reagan actually fits any of their purple descriptions, but that he transformed, and transformed irretrievably, the politics not only of his country, but of the world.
Margaret Thatcher got it right when she said more than a decade ago that Mr. Reagan's greatest accomplishment was that "he has achieved the most difficult of political tasks, changing attitudes and perceptions about what is possible."
A generation has risen almost to maturity that cannot remember that only yesterday the triumph of free men and women over the blight of communist tyranny was no sure thing. When Ronald Reagan came to office in 1981, the Soviet Union looked no worse than even money to win the Cold War. Powerful, reasonable voices were raised suggesting that the best the West could achieve was to make a subservient peace with the communists.
The 40th president is rightly remembered in tributes and praise for rebuilding both the economy and the nation's defenses, and doing both simultaneously. But before he could cut taxes, free the market or order a single bullet, bayonet or Pershing missile, he had to change calcified attitudes. In his diaries, he often said he moved forward with an initiative, sure of successful outcome, only after "I felt it in my gut." What he felt most in his gut was that America was what Lincoln said it was, with all its faults "the last best hope of mankind," that America was good and the Soviet Union was bad, and it was time to say so and act on it. This is the blunt assessment that the nation was waiting to hear, and if this caused heartburn in Paris or Bonn (Berlin was still red and half-dead) or Brussels, that was just too bad.
The man the chattering class regarded as bumbling, dumb and already moving into the outer suburbs of senility understood what the intellectuals of academe and the smart alecks of the media did not, that the bulging muscle of Soviet arms was all cattle and no hat, that Soviet economic might was a myth and the Russians were ripe to be taken down.
"He was right," the Economist observed the day after Mr. Reagan died. "By the year he left office the Russians had lost Eastern Europe; two years later they abandoned communism. ... A large part of the chin-stroking classes of America and Europe had thought the clumsy fellow's Cold War policy unnecessary and dangerous. When it worked, it became retrospectively obvious."
Not bad for an old guy moving through his eighth decade, the champion of small-town America values of freedom, faith and family, the man the remnants of the counterculture regard as hopelessly inferior in all the ways important to eastcoast libsnob slagpunk comsymps etc. Everything about the life and accomplishments of Ronald Reagan says to the embittered critics choking on his dust: "I may be slow, but I'm miles ahead of you."
Wesley Pruden is editor in chief of The Times
Absolutely, although the malaise dispensed by Cahtah was quite a different thing than the corruption inflicted by Clinton. Unless one had lived through the awful Cahtah years, it would be difficult to find a way to gauge the difference. Clinton, IMO, was far worse because he was criminal, corrupt, a murderer (Waco, anyone?) and apparently conscienceless. Cahtah was more of a bumbler, the kind whose (in his eyes) "good intentions" pave the road to hell. Both damaged America on the international level to a profound degree. If God were not in the business of rescuing America from her worst leaders, I don't know where we'd be today after the likes of Lyndon Johnson, Jimmah Cahtah, and BlubbaX42.
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