Posts Tagged ‘Ronald Reagan’

“Well, Jericho Didn’t Last Forever.”

June 12, 2012

Image from National Archives

25 Years Ago Today:

BERLIN (AP) — Standing under iron-gray skies at the Berlin Wall dividing East and West, President Reagan on Friday challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev — if he truly seeks peace, prosperity and liberalization — to “come here to this gate … tear down this wall.”

Reagan’s emotional declaration that “there is only one Berlin,” spoken in German, was greeted with roars of approval from more than 20,000 flag-waving spectators, and was carried by loudspeakers to several hundred East Berliners trying to listen from beyond the Brandenburg Gate, on the other side of the concrete and barbed wire barricade.

“This wall will fall,” Reagan declared in the speech, broadcast to Eastern Europe as well as Western Europe and North America. “For it cannot withstand faith. It cannot withstand truth. The wall cannot withstand freedom.”

The president and Nancy Reagan returned to the White House at 9:45 p.m. EDT, where the family dog, Rex, scampered out the door to greet them. Mrs. Reagan scooped the spaniel up in her arms and carried him inside.

Nearing the end of a 10-day, 10,135-mile journey that took him to Venice for the annual economic summit of seven major industrial democracies, the president challenged Gorbachev to extend his liberalizing domestic policy of “glasnost” to ending East-West divisions symbolized by the Berlin Wall.

Accompanied by West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Reagan stood behind a bulletproof glass shield on a raised platform and gazed over the wall at the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, the former German parliament building. The two leaders stood directly opposite an East German guard tower.

Asked by reporters if he thought Gorbachev would accept his challenge to tear down the wall, Reagan replied, “Well, Jericho didn’t last forever.”

The Gettysburg Times (Gettsyburg, Pennsylvania) Jun 13, 1987

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Previous Posts – Ronald Reagan:

Presidents’ Day Feature: Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan to the Rescue

Happy 100th Birthday, Mr. President

Assassination Attempt – 1981

Assassination Attempt – 1981

March 30, 2012

Reagan ‘Exceptionally Good’ Today

Doctors Say He’s Fit To Be In Command

AFTER REAGAN ATTACK — Timothy J. McCarthy, Secret Service agent, foreground, Thomas K. Delahanty, a Washington policeman, center, and Presidential Press Secretary James Brady, background, lie wounded on a street outside a Washington hotel Monday after shots were fired at President Reagan. (AP Laserphoto By Ron Edmonds)

The Gettysburg Times (Gettsyburg, Pennsylvania) Mar 31, 1981

WHERE REAGAN WAS WOUNDED — Map locates downtown Washington hotel where President Ronald Reagan was wounded Monday as he left a speaking engagement. The president was conscious and in stable condition in George Washington University Hospital. (AP Laserphoto Map)

The Gettysburg Times (Gettsyburg, Pennsylvania) Mar 31, 1981

SCENES FROM REAGAN SHOOTING

REAGAN SHOT — Diagram shows approximate path of bullet that was fired at President Reagan during an assassination attempt Monday outside the Washington Hilton Hotel. (AP Laserphoto)

SITE OF ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT — Photo diagram highlights logistics of President Reagan and others during the assassination attempt on the president outside the Washington Hilton Hotel Monday. (AP Laserphoto)

SUSPECT IN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT — John Warnock Hinckley, Jr., was arrested Monday in an attempt to assassinate President Ronald Reagan outside the Washington Hilton Hotel. From left: a 1972 Highland Park, Texas, high school yearbook photo, a 1974 Texas Tech University yearbook photo, 1981 Colorado Highway Department photo. (AP Laserphoto)

The Gettysburg Times (Gettsyburg, Pennsylvania) Mar 31, 1981

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Ronald Reagan Presidential LibraryGreat Place to Visit!

Previous Ronald Reagan Posts:

President’s Day Feature: Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan to the Rescue

Happy 100th Birthday, Mr. President!

THEY WERE TARGETS — Eight United States presidents have been the targets of assassins. A deranged house painter tried to kill President Andrew Jackson in 1835. President Abraham Lincoln was killed by John Wilkes Booth. President James Garfield was mortally wounded by a disgruntled job seeker. President William McKinley was killed by Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist factory worker. (AP Laserphoto)

THERE WERE TARGETS — President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an attempt on his life in 1933. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald on Nov. 22, 1963. President Gerald Ford escaped two attempts on his life in September, 1975. Monday President Ronald Reagan was wounded by John W. Hinckley, Jr. (AP Laserphoto)

The Gettysburg Times (Gettsyburg, Pennsylvania) Mar 31, 1981

Happy 100th Birthday, Mr. President!

February 6, 2011

The Daily Review (Hayward, California)  – Nov 9, 1966

The Sweet Taste of Victory – brings a smile to the face!

The Daily Review – Nov 9, 1966

The Republican Romp —

Long Beach Independent – Jan 5, 1966

Ronald Reagan stars in “Death Valley Days” —

Mark Russell

Reagan sure has Ford’s people running scared, and they seem to be bent on self-defeat. Their prevailing spirit is: “Let’s lose one for the Gipper!”

Tucson Daily Citizen – Dec 8, 1975

Video Tribute to be shown before the Super Bowl

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More Ronald Reagan:

Ronald Reagan to the Rescue

Presidents’ Day Feature: Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan to the Rescue

October 14, 2010

 

The Dailly Review - Dec 14, 1966

 

Surprise, Governor Reagan! Look what I left for you.

 

The Daily Review - Jan 22, 1967

 

Cut his! No, his! — The finger pointing begins.

 

The Daily Review - Feb 1, 1967

 

Yes, he did. And now you’re a spoiled brat! Suck it up; I will be cutting your allowance.

 

The Daily Review - Feb 3, 1967

 

This one is my favorite. Wish you were here to do it again, Mr. Reagan.

 

The Daily Review - Feb 5, 1967

 

Imagine that, a politician who kept his promises!

 

The Daily Review - Feb 12, 1967

 

Let’s Become Old-Fashioned

“WHAT GOES UP must come down” is a phrase which can’t help but date you.

Chances are you were molded and shaped in the pre-rocket era when what went up really did come down.

And chances are you believed the same thing about taxes. They might go up every now and then, but as more and more persons contributed and things got better, taxes were likely to come down.

No doubt about it. Things are very different today.

What goes up doesn’t necessarily come down.

That applies to rockets as well as to taxes. Maybe even more so to taxes than rockets.

REPUBLICAN Gov. Ronald Reagan likewise dates himself when he tries to trim bureaucracy before levying new taxes. Consider these “old-fashioned” words spoken by the governor last week:

“I’m still sitting here, little stubborn me, insisting that more figures be shown to prove the need of all the taxes we’re talking about. I want to have it shown to me in dollars and cents that everyone of them is absolutely necessary.

“I don’t want to add a tax on because I found out, and this is true of any government, including our own, that governments don’t tax to get the money they need.

Governments always need the money they get. And I’m interested in us not getting the money unless it’s proven that we need it.”

Terribly old-fashioned isn’t he.

THERE’S A RUMOR that he even believes in the law of supply and demand. That law, of course, has been out of vogue for ages.

In big government what goes up keeps going up.

And the taxpayer supplies as much as the government demands.

Gov. Edmund G. Brown never had any trouble adjusting to this “modern” way of life.

What’s with Reagan? He isn’t even trying.

Daily Review (Hayward, California) Feb 12, 1967

Presidents’ Day Feature: Ronald Reagan

February 15, 2010

From the Sitka Sentinel (Sitka, Alaska) Nov 5, 1980

For President’s Day, a Ronald Reagan montage: It’s just some  random things  leading up to his Landslide Presidential Victory.  The “objectivity” of these articles makes them entertaining to read; it’s really a wonder he ever got elected to anything. Evidently,  the people could read between the lines.

Gov. Ronald Reagan (Image from http://courses.csusm.edu)

$6.74 Billion Calif. Budget Proposed By Gov. Reagan

By BILL STALL
Associated Press Writer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)

Gov. Ronald Reagan proposed Tuesday a spartan $6.74 billion state budget which avoids a tax increase mainly by slashing the rate of welfare spending by $700 million annually.

Reagan told the California Legislature that “something must be done and done immediately” about soaring welfare and health care costs.

Proposed welfare spending in Reagan’s budget totals $2.2 billion. The state’s share would be 676.5 million — down $65.2 million from the current year.

The Republican governor’s proposed 1971-72 budget, 2 percent larger than the current one, cuts spending in many areas, hold the University of California to the current $337 million of state support and denies state workers the annual cost-of-living salary increases they have enjoyed for the past decade.

HEAVIER TEACHER LOAD

Reagan told the state’s college and university faculty members they would have to spend more time teaching to handle a heavier classroom load.

Reagan predicted in an address to the Republican state convention Sunday the budget would bring “resistance and cries of anguish.”

Referring to welfare, he said “When many snouts are threatened with forcible withdrawal from the public trough, it makes waves.”

Reagan shunned both the deficit financing of President Nixon’s new federal budget and new taxes such as those proposed by New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller to balance his state’s $8.45 billion budget.

FACES BIG PROBLEM

California had a bigger state budget than New York when Reagan first took office four years ago.

The Republican governor faces major problems in getting the budget, and its companion reform legislation, through a legislature controlled by Democrats: 43 to 37 in the Assembly and 20 to 19 in the Senate.

Reagan will propose administrative and legislative changes that will cut welfare spending by a projected $606 million of state, county and federal funds in the budget year beginning July 1. This will be done by tightening up on eligibility and doing away with a number of allowances considered by the Reagan administration to be frills. Details will be revealed in a welfare message to go to the legislature soon.

To save another $100 million, Reagan will ask the legislature to cut back the free health care given by the state to 2.5 million welfare recipients and medically needy in California’s Medi-Cal program.

Reagan proposes to limit Medi-Cal spending to what an average citizen who pays for his own health needs lays out during a year. This is estimated at about $300 by state officials. California has been paying an average $517 for each Medi-Cal patient, Reagan said.

The Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Feb 3, 1971

Image from the Graham Owen Gallery

Reagan Prepares For “Hawk” Tour

By BILL BOYARSKY

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —

Gov. Ronald Reagan is getting ready for his first nationwide political tour as a full-fledged hawk on Vietnam and closer then ever to campaigning actively for the Republican presidential nomination.

Less than three weeks before his speechmaking trip through Illinois, South Carolina and Wisconsin, Reagan made his toughest statement so far on the war, asking for a sharp escalation.

“I don’t think the full technological power of the United States is being used,” Reagan told a news conference Tuesday.

He said he didn’t think nuclear weapons are needed to win but insisted “the enemy should be frightened that we might” use them.

The Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Sep 13, 1967

Brown: Reagan ‘Last Hope’ of Extremists

Gubernatorial Nominee Likened to Death Valley

SACRAMENTO (UPI) — Gov. Edmund G. Brown Sunday attacked his Republican opponent, actor-politician Ronald Reagan, as “the best and perhaps last hope” of right wing extremists for an attractive candidate who shares their philosophy.

In a speech prepared for a meeting of the Democratic State Central Committee, Brown said Reagan’s backers include ultra-conservatives from throughout the nation, not just California.

“They will spend whatever they must, and they will resort to whatever tactics they must,” the Democratic governor said.

“And they will do this because they know that Ronald Reagan is their best and perhaps last hope of inflicting on this nation a revolution of the right.”

Gov. Edmund G. Brown Sr. (Image from http://courses.csusm.edu)

Ignored Fight

Brown’s text concentrated on Reagan and ignored a bitter fight for selection of a new Democratic state chairman.

Committee members, almost 1,000 of them, were to choose between Mrs. Carmen Warschaw and Assemblyman Charles Warren, both of Los Angeles.

Brown is backing Mrs. Warschaw, currently the party’s southern California chairman. Lt. Gov. Glenn M. Anderson and most of the liberal wing are supporting Warren.

Supporters of Mrs. Warschaw have warned delegates that a Warren victory would be interpreted as a slap in the face of the governor. [SLAP! They chose Warren]

Brown said Reagan was trying to gloss over his earlier right-wing pronouncements. But the governor said Democrats would not let him do so.


Death Valley (Image from http://www.tripadvisor.com)

‘Quaint Place”

“The people are going to find that Mr. Reagan’s philosophy is not unlike the landscape of Death Valley — threatening, barren and forbidding. And they will not let him remodel California in that image. Death Valley might be a quaint place to visit — but who wants to live there?”

(In Santa Monica, Reagan told a news conference Saturday the Democrats were trying to tie an extremist label on him ‘because they don’t dare run on their record.”)

The governor’s prepared remarks made no mention of his proposal, unveiled Saturday, for creation of a bipartisan committee to study the controversial Rumford Open Housing Law and recommend amendments or a substitute.

Platform

The Democratic state convention, in a platform adopted a few hours after the governor made the proposal, ignored it completely.

The platform said Democrats were “ready at all times to amend or improve” civil rights laws including the Rumford Act which prohibits racial discrimination in the sale or rental of housing.

But it said the party opposes repeal of any of the laws against discrimination.

In another speech prepared for the central committee, Democratic National Committeeman Eugene L. Wyman said Reagan was basing his campaign on information fed to him by “the behavioral scientists, the pollsters and the public relations experts.”

“They tell him the Rumford Act is unpopular, and Mr. Reagan calls for its repeal,” Wyman said. “They probe for the hidden fears and prejudices of the people, and Mr. Reagan goes on television to exploit those deep-seated emotions as coldly and cynically as the extremists of the left and right who would rule by mass manipulation of the mobs.”

Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada) Aug 15,  1966

California GOP Leaders Fear Future

Don’t Like Reagan For Governor but Have No Candidate

WASHINGTON —

Republican fat cats met secretly in Los Angeles Dec. 17 to hear an audacious proposal from money men backing moderate George Christopher, former Mayor of San Francisco, for governor.

Christopher’s bankrollers agreed that unrestrained blood-spilling in primary elections has helped debilitate the Republican party in California. Instead of another expensive primary, they continued, the money men should agree on one candidate for Governor: George Christopher.

The audacity of this proposal stems from the fact that in statewide polls, Christopher runs far behind Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan, darling of California’s Goldwater movement. Naturally then, Reagan’s financial backer were not about to capitulate. The Dec. 17 meeting adjourned with nothing accomplished.

End Of an Era

This story illustrates the desperate straits of California moderate Republicans trying to salvage the Hiram JohnsonEarl Warren tradition in their party. The increasingly likely nomination of Reagan might well destroy whatever remains of that tradition. Yet, leading moderates looked to that Dec. 17 meeting as a last hope of beating Reagan by cutting away financial support.

Reliance on so doubtful a maneuver is part of the Cherry Orchard syndrome. After Barry Goldwater’s nomination in 1964, journalist Murray Kempton compared anti-Goldwater moderates to the impoverished Russian aristocrats in Chekhov’s play, “The Cherry Orchard” — foolishly waiting for somebody to save them as they edged inexorably toward the abyss. The Cherry Orchard analogy is equally applicable to California today.

Looked to Kuchel

Although Reagan’s candidacy was building all through 1965, the moderates waited for somebody to save them — specifically, for Sen. Thomas Kuchel to come home and run for governor. Kuchel, Earl Warren’s last political protege, kept the hope alive by refusing to say yes or no. when he finally said no in September, the moderates were left with Christopher.

A progressive who was an excellent mayor of San Francisco, Christopher failed to catch on in populous southern California during two previous losing statewide races. Many moderates believed aggressive, young state Rep. Robert Monagan, Republican leader of the state assembly, would run better against Reagan.

So progressive and excellent, he couldn’t get elected anywhere other than San Francisco!

Monagan has been the subject of a low-paced build-up since September (coming to Washington last month to see officials of the Council of Republican Organizations, a national coalition of moderate groups.) But so long as the better-known Christopher is running, Monagan is stymied.

Here again the Cherry Orchard mentality was at work. Some moderates hoped Kuchel would convince Christopher to step aside for Monagan. Based on a cordial private conversation between Richard M. Nixon and Monagan in September, other moderates hoped Nixon would do the same. These were but dreams.

Nowadays, there are even Zombies in The Cherry Orchard!  If we only had a Zombie Reagan, we could save the Cherry Orchard.

Seek Nixon’s Help

With Monagan’s candidacy still-born and Christopher determined to run hard, California’s Cherry Orchard moderates now are seeking outside help for Christopher from two influential members of the party’s old Nixon wing: Sen. George Murphy and former Nixon aide Robert Finch. Neither has much us for Reagan. Either could do him damage.

It is, however, naive to believe either will Murphy, who upset Pierre Salinger in 1964 as an apostle of party unity, sticks to that theme.The highly astute Finch is not likely to endanger his unimpeded road to the nomination for lieutenant governor and an excellent chance against the weak Democratic incumbent by attacking Reagan.

This leaves many moderates reduced to the wish that Christopher’s money men somehow will talk Reagan’s money men into quitting. They are praying Reagan will drop, or at least fail to gain in the next statewide opinion polls. Christopher’s fat cats then could argue that the polls prove Reagan has only hard-core right wing support and would be a goner against Democratic Gov. Pat Brown.

This is relying on providence. Reagan instead relies on his political management firm, Spencer, Roberts and Associates, which plans for Reagan to announce his candidacy on the same day California pollsters will have interviewers in the field. The reason publicity generated by Reagan’s announcement will help him in the polls.

Forgetting Reagan’s neanderthal ideology,** nobody can say his campaign hasn’t outplanned, out-thought, and outfought the Chekhovesque moderates. It’s 1964 all over again.

(Copyright 1965)

Post Crescent (Appleton, Wisconsin) Jan 5, 1966

** NEANDERTHAL?  No journalistic bias there!

Post Crescent (Appleton, WI) Jun 3, 1965

Kinda funny, the paper’s name is the Post Crescent. Supposedly, this paper leans right, according to MondoTimes. Based on the preceding article from the Post Crescent, that doesn’t really appear to be the case.

From the Coshocton Tribune (Coshocton, OH) Nov 16, 1947

Who doesn’t love Shirley Temple?

1941

Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman peddle cigarettes, and look so good doing it!

From the Nevada State Journal (Reno, NV) Aug 11, 1939

A hint of things to come? “To Keep You Safe, They Risk Their Lives!”

Ronald Reagan, the Life Saver!

From the Lima News (Lima, OH) Jul 3, 1937